October 21, 2017

Saturday Open Thread: Gil Scott-Heron



Scott-Heron’s work has influenced writers, academics and musicians, from indie rockers to rappers. His work during the 1970’s influenced and helped engender subsequent African-American music genres, such as hip-hop and neo-soul. He has been described by music writers as “the godfather of rap” and “the black Bob Dylan.”

Chicago Tribune writer Greg Kot comments on Scott-Heron’s collaborative work with Jackson:

Together they crafted jazz-influenced soul and funk that brought new depth and political consciousness to ‘70’s music alongside Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder. In classic albums such as ‘Winter in America‘ and ‘From South Africa to South Carolina,’ Scott-Heron took the news of the day and transformed it into social commentary, wicked satire, and proto-rap anthems. He updated his dispatches from the front lines of the inner city on tour, improvising lyrics with an improvisational daring that matched the jazz-soul swirl of the music”.

Whitey on the Moon

Of Scott-Heron’s influence on hip hop, Kot writes that he “presag[ed] hip-hop and infus[ed] soul and jazz with poetry, humor and pointed political commentary”.  Ben Sisario ofThe New York Times writes that “He [Scott-Heron] preferred to call himself a “bluesologist,” drawing on the traditions of blues, jazz and Harlem renaissance poetics.”  Tris McCallof The Star-Ledger writes that “The arrangements on Gil Scott-Heron’s early recordings were consistent with the conventions of jazz poetry – the movement that sought to bring the spontaneity of live performance to the reading of verse.”  A music writer later noted that “Scott-Heron’s unique proto-rap style influenced a generation of hip-hop artists,”while The Washington Post wrote that “Scott-Heron’s work presaged not only conscious rap and poetry slams, but also acid jazz, particularly during his rewarding collaboration with composer-keyboardist-flutist Brian Jackson in the mid- and late ’70’s.” The Observer‘s Sean O’Hagan discussed the significance of Scott-Heron’s music with Brian Jackson, stating:

Together throughout the 1970’s, Scott-Heron and Jackson made music that reflected the turbulence, uncertainty and increasing pessimism of the times, merging the soul and jazz traditions and drawing on an oral poetry tradition that reached back to the blues and forward to hip-hop. The music sounded by turns angry, defiant and regretful while Scott-Heron’s lyrics possessed a satirical edge that set them apart from the militant soul of contemporaries such as Marvin Gaye and Curtis Mayfield.

Will Layman of PopMatters wrote about the significance of Scott-Heron’s early musical work:

In the early 1970s, Gil Scott-Heron popped onto the scene as a soul poet with jazz leanings; not just another Bill Withers, but a political voice with a poet’s skill. His spoken-voice work had punch and topicality. ‘The Revolution Will Not Be Televised’ and ‘Johannesburg’ were calls to action: Stokely Carmichael if he’d had the groove of Ray Charles. ‘The Bottle’ was a poignant story of the streets: Richard Wright as sung by a husky-voiced Marvin Gaye. To paraphrase Chuck D, Gil Scott-Heron’s music was a kind of CNN for black neighborhoods, prefiguring hip-hop by several years. It grew from the Last Poets, but it also had the funky swing of Horace Silver or Herbie Hancock—or Otis Redding. Pieces of a Man and Winter in America (collaborations with Brian Jackson) were classics beyond category”.

 Home is Where the Hatred Is

Scott-Heron’s influence over hip hop is primarily exemplified by his definitive single “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised,” sentiments from which have been explored by various rappers, including Aesop Rock, Talib Kweli and Common. In addition to his vocal style, Scott-Heron’s indirect contributions to rap music extend to his and co-producer Jackson’s compositions, which have been sampled by various hip hop artists. “We Almost Lost Detroit” was sampled by Brand Nubian member Grand Puba (“Keep On”), Native Tongues duo Black Star (“Brown Skin Lady”), and MF DOOM (“Camphor”).  Additionally, Scott-Heron’s 1980 song “A Legend in His Own Mind” was sampled on Mos Def’s “Mr. Nigga,”  the opening lyrics from his 1978 recording “Angel Dust” were appropriated by rapper RBX on the 1996 song “Blunt Time” by Dr. Dre,  and CeCe Peniston’s 2000 song “My Boo” samples Scott-Heron’s 1974 recording “The Bottle”.

In addition to the Scott-Heron excerpt used in “Who Will Survive in America,” West sampled Scott-Heron and Jackson’s “Home is Where the Hatred Is” and “We Almost Lost Detroit” for the songs “My Way Home” and “The People,” respectively, both of which are collaborative efforts with Common. Scott-Heron, in turn, acknowledged West’s contributions, sampling the latter’s 2007 single “Flashing Lights” on his final album, 2010’s I’m New Here.

The Bottle

Scott-Heron admitted ambivalence regarding his association with rap, remarking in 2010 in an interview for the Daily Swarm: “I don’t know if I can take the blame for [rap music]”. As New York Times writer Sisario explained, he preferred the moniker of “bluesologist.” Referring to reviews of his last album and references to him as the “godfather of rap”, Scott-Heron said: “It’s something that’s aimed at the kids … I have kids, so I listen to it. But I would not say it’s aimed at me. I listen to the jazz station.”

Following Scott-Heron’s funeral in 2011, a tribute from publisher, record company owner, poet, and music producer Abdul Malik Al Nasir was published on the Guardian website. Nasir’s birth name is “Mark Trevor Watson,” but he changed his name after being introduced to Islam by Jalal Mansur Nuriddin and Suliaman El Hadi (deceased), of the band The Last Poets, who he met through Scott-Heron. Titled “Gil Scott-Heron saved my life,” the tribute explains how Nasir met Scott-Heron during the period after the 1981 riots in Nasir’s home in Toxteth, Liverpool, UK. Following a series of unplanned events that established their relationship, Scott-Heron became a mentor to Nasir and helped him to build a life for himself after growing up illiterate in community homes. In the conclusion of his tribute, Nasir writes:

It’s three weeks since Gil died, and I’m still in shock. I’m 45, married with five children, and Gil has been the most important person to me throughout my adult life. His funeral in Harlem was a sombre affair. What touched me most was all the love in the room … After the service, I told Kanye my story and asked if he would take part in a tribute concert for Gil in Liverpool, the place where we met all those years ago and he took me under his wing. This is my way of saying: “Thank you Gil. You saved my life.”

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone:)

    Off to swim and run some errands.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Goo MornTin’ rikyrah. ***BIG HUG** :>)

      B BLESSED♥ :>)

    • Alma98

      Good morning rikyrah 🙂

  • rikyrah

    Black voters could decide who controls the Senate in 2015. Here’s how.
    By Aaron Blake
    April 23

    Black voters played a huge role in delivering Barack Obama to the White House in 2008 and 2012. And in 2014, they will play a huge role in determining whether the president’s party can stop Republicans from taking the Senate.

    Why? Here are four reasons:

    1. Black voters are hugely influential on the 2014 map

    Six of the 16 states with the highest black populations are holding key Senate contests in 2014. A seventh — the most African American state in the country, Mississippi — is holding a contest that could get interesting if there’s a tea party upset in the GOP primary.

    This is a highly unusual set of circumstances, especially when you consider that most states with large numbers of African American voters generally don’t hold competitive Senate races because they are safely red (in the South, generally) or blue (in the Northeast).


    • Alma98

      All these articles about black voters seems to be putting the burden of dems winning on our shoulders. Why not write about white folks and white women in particular who have been voting for republicans in large numbers.

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  • rikyrah

    Defeating Obama’s kryptonite with the black vote

    By Jonathan Capehart April 23

    Superman has superpowers and a great costume (even though it breaks Edna Mode’s “No capes!” rule), but he was no match for kryptonite. What Obama needs more than anything is for the American people, voters, to knock the kryptonite out of the hands of his opponents.


    If this is too much theorizing for you, look at what happened in the race for governor of Virginia in 2013, a non-presidential election year. Ken Cuccinelli II, the Republican candidate and the state’s attorney general, was a problematic figure. But there wasn’t universal praise for Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic candidate. Yet McAuliffe was able to eke out a win by almost three percentage points because African Americans showed up at the polls. Domenico Montanaro, then of NBC News, dug into the numbers the day after McAuliffe’s election.

    McAuliffe won black voters by a 90-8 percent margin, a similar spread to the 93-6 percent President Barack Obama ran up in the 2012 presidential election in the Old Dominion.

    Black voters also voted at a similar clip to the 2012 election. They made up 20 percent of voters, or one of every five people who went to the polls. That’s exactly the percentage of the electorate black voters made up for Obama in 2012 in Virginia.

    And I’ll be bold and say that black women put McAuliffe in the governor’s mansion because of what Montanaro found on the gender gap.

    McAuliffe won women overall by a 51-42 percent margin. But he lost white women by 16 points (54-38 percent) and won black women by an astonishing 91-7 percent spread. They made up 11 percent of all Virginia voters. Black men voted at a similar margin as women, 90-9 percent, and made up a similar percentage of the electorate, 9 percent.

    So if the American people are going to succeed in knocking the kryptonite out of the hands of Obama’s opponents, black voters will have to lead them. All that’s required is casting a ballot.


    • jds09

      This is music to my ears. I love it that he broke out the “women’s vote”, I’m so sick, sick,sick of the assumption that it is white. Particularly, the conventional analysis that the democratic “women’s vote” is white.

  • rikyrah

    Jamison Foser @jamisonfoser

    I read a lot of awful, depressing sentences.
    “The cure for AIDS may have been on that plane” is tough to beat.
    11:06 AM – 18 Jul 2014

  • rikyrah

    Greg Pinelo



    One more time: Obama does not shoot first and aim later. Presidents who do that invade Iraq for no reason.

    4:54 PM – 18 Jul 2014

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    • qosine

      I love the way they close their eyes when
      they embrace. **Love and strength**

  • rikyrah

    U.S. judicial agency OKs early release of federal prisoners

    By Julia Edwards Reuters

    3:25 p.m. EDT, July 18, 2014

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – More than 46,000 drug offenders will be eligible for early release from federal prison under an amendment to sentencing guidelines passed on Friday by a U.S. judiciary agency – unless Congress blocks the change.

    The U.S. Sentencing Commission voted unanimously to make 46,290 drug offenders eligible for review by federal judges to determine if the sentences can be reduced without jeopardizing public safety.

    The commission expects eligible candidates to receive an average of 25 months off of their sentences beginning in November 2015, making retroactive an amendment to sentencing guidelines passed earlier this year.

    Congress has the authority to block both amendments by Nov. 1 of this year.

    “Making these new guidelines retroactive will offer relief to thousands of people who received overly harsh sentences under the old sentencing guidelines,” said Jesselyn McCurdy, senior legislative counsel at the American Civil Liberties Union, which has advocated sentencing reform.

    Read more: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-rt-us-usa-justice-vote-20140718,0,279463.story#ixzz37vGsV7rM

  • rikyrah

    Casting Announced for McCarter Theatre’s Antony & Cleopatra

    The New Jersey theater will open its 2014-15 season with the Shakespearean tragedy.
    By Hayley Levitt • Jul 16, 2014 • North Jersey, New Jersey

    Further casting has been announced for the McCarter Theatre production of Shakespeare’s Antony & Cleopatra, set to open its 2014-15 season.

    Artistic Director Emily Mann directs the tragic story of Egypt’s star-crossed lovers. Esau Pritchett joins the cast as Antony opposite the previously announced Nicole Ari Parker, who takes on the role of Cleopatra, Egypt’s last queen. The cast also includes Keith Eric Chappelle (Menas), Zainab Jah (Charmian), Mairin Lee (Iras/Octavia), Warner Miller (Eros), Everett Quinton (Mardian/Clown), Tobias Segal (Caesar), and Michael Siberry (Enobarbus), with live music from percussionist Mark Katsaounis.

    The creative team will feature scenic design by Daniel Ostling, lighting design by Edward Pierce, costume design by Paul Tazewell, sound design and composition by Mark Bennett, and movement direction by Peter Pucci.

    Performances will run from September 5-October 5, with an official opening set for September 12.


  • jds09

    Good Morning POU FAM!

    If there any tech savuy folks out there, I have a question. What’s the hourly rate for a good website designer? I have a template of a design, fonts, colors and logo already picked out. How long should it take?

    Also, a shout out to lamh, thanks for the inspiration! Watching you move forward has inspired me to take my thang to another level.

    • rikyrah

      Morning jds!

      I have no advice to offer about tech.

    • GreenLadyHere

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

      – –Just gettin’ on. ;>) Found THESE as a method of “determing the hourly rate”:– –

      —– -☺http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/archive/2108604

      In general – –it looks like $15 annnnd UP.—:>)

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      • jds09

        Ohh….cool. Thanks!

        • GreenLadyHere

          jds09 – – –My Pleasure. :>) —

    • Alma98

      Morning jds! Maybe you could ask some of our favorite bloggers like Spandan at TPV.

  • crazycanuck

    Morning folks, I’m off to get a coffee lol. I have no willpower

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good Morntin’ crazycanuck. ***BIG HUG** :>)
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      –ENJOY♥ :>) B BLESSED 2-day. :>)

      • crazycanuck

        You are an enabler lol

        • GreenLadyHere

          LOL- – -crazycanuck —–IT’s —DECAF. :>)

          • crazycanuck

            uh huh

          • GreenLadyHere

            LOL cc. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    THANK U PBOMB♥- – -He TRULY has played the ROLE of a “GODFATHER” —Caretaker of OUR MUSICAL annnd POETIC SOULS♥– –Have sooo ENJOYED Your SERIES. :>)


    • Alma98

      Good morning GLH, I hope you’re having a nice weekend.
      Blessings to you and the family.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY Alma. :>) THANK U 4 the BLESSINGS. 🙂

        I’ve visited “MR. SUN”. How FUN. :>)

  • Alma98

    Good Saturday morning everyone.
    Be right back gotta water my flowers before it gets to hot.

    • crazycanuck

      Hey lamh, love the sun, even though he looks like he’s from Texas lol. I bought a new bathroom mat lmao.

      • Alma98

        Morning cc, and ummm cc it’s me Alma not lamh lol.

        • crazycanuck

          lol, still waking up

          • Alma98


    • GreenLadyHere

      GOOD MORNTIN’ Alma98. – – – -***BIG HUG** :>) The first “words “that come 2 mind —“YEE-HAW “—-From “MR. SUN”:>)

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      B BLESSED♥– –U♥/Family♥- – –***HUGS*** 4 DAUGHTER-Alma. :>)

      • Alma98


        • GreenLadyHere

          LOL Alma -I — -Hadta . . .LOL

    • Admiral_Komack

      Thank you for the SUN.
      I appreciate it.

      • Alma98

        Afternoon Admiral and your welcome 🙂

    • rikyrah

      Good Afternoon, Alma 🙂

      • Alma98

        Afternoon rikyrah 🙂
        Daughter is in VA, she’s still in traffic.

  • GreenLadyHere


    – – —☺http://www.whitehouse.gov/photos-and-video/photogallery/july-2014-photo-day

    —–President Barack Obama talks with Press Secretary Josh Earnest, Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, and John Podesta, Counselor to the President, in the Outer Oval Office before delivering a statement on the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 and the situation in Ukraine, July 18, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

    THIS is “WHYCOME” he is a GR8 LEADER♥ -:>) BLESS U SIR♥ :>)

  • GreenLadyHere


    – —Equipping Workers with Skills Employers Need Now and for the Future

    In this week’s address, the President discussed the importance of
    ensuring that the economic progress we’ve made is shared by all
    hardworking Americans. Through his opportunity agenda, the President is focused on creating more jobs, educating more kids, and working to make sure hard work pays off with higher wages and better benefits.

    – – – -FOCUS on —JOBS! —-JOBS! – – –JOBS!! :>)

    –Woo! Hoo! :>) – – -THANK U SIR♥ — :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥—-A Reflection on- -HUMANE BEHAVIOR: —PROFOUND –

    —-☺ ‏@Marmel[THANK U♥]
    “The Greatest Generation” vs. “The Fox News Generation” – Via Mark Alan Keyser on Facebook. #Murrieta pic.twitter.com/XHGEuopW9R

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥– – -“Heal the WORLD- –Make this a BETTER PLACE — -4 the CHILDREN” :>)– –

    – – –TWEETIN’- —COMPASSIONATE – – – -TRUTH- -:>)

    — –☺@TheObamaDiary[THANK U♥] :>)

    Early Bird Chat – Happy Saturday!

    http://theobamadiary.com/2014/07/19/early-bird-chat-300/ … pic.twitter.com/5URhn5BnQ0

    – – -THANK U –SIR♥- -:>)

  • GreenLadyHere


    – –☺@zaibatsu[THANK U♥]

    Russia caught editing Wikipedia entry about downed Malaysian airliner http://ow.ly/3nlDaP #wiki #MH17

    —-Cain’t tell how —BUT this writer knows. :>)—geesh.

    • nellcote

      There are Twitter bots (automatic programs) that keep an eye on wikipedia edits for various topics. Here’s one for congress:


      • GreenLadyHere

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

        THANK U 4 this information. I shoulda clarified my statement 2 say that I di-int know what was said[TRANSLATION]. :>)

        As far as SCRUBBING: – –☺http://www.netanimations.net/61991.gif LOL

        I WATCHED the CHANGES in — -“ISSA-criminal’s” wiki over a month —annnd SAW HIS CRIMINAL RECORD B REDUCED 2 a FEW – –SHADY SENTENCES.

        IT was amazing!! LOL THIS is ALL NOW: LOL
        – – –Ethics complaint
        In September 2011, the liberal advocacy group American Family Voices filed a complaint with the Office of Congressional Ethics against Issa, alleging he had repeatedly used his public office for personal financial gain. Issa’s office rejected the allegations.[60]

        Again,THANK U 4 your reference. :>) B BLESSED♥ :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥—THIS – – -PHOOL!! —[Sorry 2 Brang him] —

    – – -☺@Politics_PR[THANK U♥]

    Allen West: Obama “Purposefully Creating Drama” Like Malaysia Airlines MH17 Crash http://ow.ly/3njVQd #p2 pic.twitter.com/4VS2AGdo8y

    — -☺TRULY!!! — – ->http://www.dumpaday.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/funny-picture-the-stupid-it-burns.jpg

    STILL sufferin’ from the SOUND of YOUR GUN SHOT — -HUH??

    – – –Soldiers testified that in the process of detaining Hamoodi, he appeared to reach for his weapon and needed to be subdued.[18] Hamoodi was beaten by four soldiers from the 2/20th Field Artillery Battalion on the head and body.[19] West then fired his pistol near Hamoodi’s head,[18] after which Hamoodi provided West with names and information, which Hamoodi later described as “meaningless information induced by fear and pain.”[18] At least one of these suspects was arrested as a result, but no plans for attacks or weapons were found.[18]West said “At the time I had to base my decision on the intelligence I received. It’s possible that I was wrong about Mr. Hamoodi.”[18]
    West was charged with violating Articles 128 (assault) and 134 (general article) of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
    During a hearing held as part of an Article 32 investigation in November 2003, West stated, “I know the method I used was not right, but I wanted to take care of my soldiers.”[19]

    Annnnd – —U should B TRUSTED??? – – – -HAH!

    • GOVCHRIS1988

      • GreenLadyHere

        LOL GOOD MornTin’ GOVCHRIS1988. ***NIG HUG*** :>)

        – – –LOL U! –AIN’T! NEVA! —LIED!! :>)—
        Thanks 4 the laff. :>) B BLESSED♥ :>)

    • Kennymack1971

      This grifting coon doesn’t believe that. But he knows what good massa wants to hear.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MornTin’ Kennymack1971. ***BIG HUG*** :>)
        –***BIG fist bump** – –A DANGEROUS–Grifting COON. :>)
        – – —-Howeva —-what he believes—???? — -HE CRAY! — -CRAY!! :>)

        – – – -Good 2 C U. Kennymack1971. B BLESSED♥ :>)

  • crazycanuck

    Site keeps crashing on me

  • GreenLadyHere

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    – – – -☺

    It is time. Tune in now to see The Lion King perform at


    : http://go.wh.gov/toERhU

  • nellcote

    GOP Congressman Says Central America Too Dangerous for Congressmen—But Not for Kids

    Rep. Steve Pearce (R-N.M.), who spent the weekend visiting Honduras and Guatemala with six other members of Congress, reaffirmed his belief on Wednesday that the ongoing humanitarian crisis along the southern border is to send migrants home—even though he found his host city too dangerous to go outside.

    Per the Santa Fe New Mexican:
    Congressman Steve Pearce said Wednesday that most immigrants from Central America who are crossing illegally into the United States are driven by economic reasons, not fear of physical danger in their homeland….
    Pearce said he and the rest of the House delegation that visited Honduras and Guatemala did not venture from their hotel very often because of the dangers, but the message they received in both countries was consistent: “Send back our children.”

    So to recap: Tegucigalpa is too dangerous for grown members of Congress to leave their downtown hotel rooms, but a perfectly fine place to send an eight-year-old kid. (According to a press release, the congressional delegation did leave their hotel to visit an outreach center funded by the US government. They also met with the president and first lady of Honduras.) Meanwhile, not content with the results of Pearce’s investigation, a rival Congressional delegation, led by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), is en route to Central America now. We’ll see if they find it safe enough to walk around.


    • TresL

      Maybe Issa won’t make it back. Just a thought.

      • qosine

        We’ll keep the children, and they can keep . . . well, you know.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ – – – -Focuson OUR BELOVED FIRST LADY♥ :>)

    – – – -☺ @FLOTUS[THANK U♥] :>) —SPECTACULAR! :>)

    The First Lady hosted 54 young chefs at this year’s #KidsStateDinner. Here’s what you missed → http://go.wh.gov/jiSn7H pic.twitter.com/ORpMDA8e2M

    – – -4 the CHILDREN♥ :>)

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  • GreenLadyHere

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    —-THANK U♥ – -DR.MAYA♥ — WE Love U♥ :>)

  • Alma98

    I am addicted to the Cheesecake Factory’s Portabello Mushroom Avocado and Zucchini fries. They are soooo good lol.

    • That sounds tasty!

      Speaking of Cheesecake Factory, which is your favorite cheesecake?

      • Alma98

        The chocolate godiva cake, mmmmm good!

        • That sounds good!

          I’m loving the Adam’s peanut butter cheesecake, and their pumpkin pecan cheesecake is ridiculous!

          • Alma98

            It is Sepia it’s so creamy, chocolaty and smooth. I’ll have to try the pumpkin pecan one sounds delicious!

        • rikyrah



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    • crazycanuck

      You lost me with the mushrooms

      • Alma98


      • rikyrah

        wait a minute.

        you put sardines in pancakes…

        and mushrooms make you go yuck?

        • Alma98

          I know! lol.

        • crazycanuck

          What’s your point lol

        • Tafr

          I’m mad at y’all for compelling me to google sardine pancakes and yes I’m judging you CC lol.

          • Alma98


          • crazycanuck


    • rikyrah

      yum yum yum

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥– –LOOK! — –PUT[foot] – -IN[mouth] – —Is an EVIL/VILE – -DESPICABLE —PHOOL!! – –

    Russia bans US lawmaker from entry

    — —Russia has banned one U.S. lawmaker and 12 other Americans from entering its territory, a foreign ministry spokesman announced Saturday.

    The move follows a decision by U.S. officials to bar access for 13 Russian and Crimean figures as part of an effort to impose pressure on the Kremlin over its support for Ukrainian separatists. Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said in a statement Saturday that retiring Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) can no longer enter Russia along with 12 other people singled out for their involvement in detention facilities in Iraq and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

    Moran was apparently targeted in retaliation for sanctions recently imposed on Adam Delimkhanov, a member of the Russian Duma, according to the Washington Post.

    —-Ain’t NOBODY Cuuurrrrr!! —HAH!

    Watch your – –ECONOMY!!. – –SANCTIONS R WERKIN’.!!!

  • creolechild

    Good morning POU.

    States with higher minimum wage gain more jobs

    Maybe a higher minimum wage isn’t so bad for job growth after all. The 13 states that raised their minimum wages at the beginning of this year are adding jobs at a faster pace than those that did not, providing some counter-intuitive fuel to the debate over what impact a higher minimum has on hiring trends.[….]

    Twenty-two states currently have higher minimums than the federal requirement. And 38 states have considered minimum wage legislation this year, the most on record, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. At least 16 will boost their minimums starting next year, the NCSL says.[….]

    Read more: http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2014/07/19/us-states-with-higher-minimum-wages-gain-more-jobs/12879113/

    H/T Christopher Rugaber

  • creolechild

    California’s unemployment rate falls to 7.4%

    Man in Disguise Gives $128,000 to Buy Terminal Woman Hope for Cure

    A 48-year-old single mother of four in Canada has been struggling for
    ten years with systemic scleroderma, a disorder that was slowly killing her. Doctors said she’d likely die within a year. Her only hope was to travel to Chicago for an innovative stem cell transplant treatment by a pioneering U.S. doctor. The process would give her an 80 percent chance for a cure, but it costs $125,000 (US).

    She and her family started raising funds two months ago, but had collected just $13,000. Then, on July 3, everything changed when a man in sunglasses and hat came to the house to give her a donation. He quickly handed her an envelope and left. Inside was a bank draft for $128,000.[….]

    Read more: http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/man-in-disguise-gives-128k-to-buy-hope-for-cure/

    H/T Don Butler, GNN, and Mike Chartrand

  • AxelFoley
    • Alma98

      uh huh, watching to see how this turns out lol.

      • Miranda

        Fighting between emoprogs…..lemme get my buttery movie theatre popcorn.

        • Alma98


    • rikyrah

      uh huh

      uh huh

    • TyrenM

      What say you Chris Hayes? Not like I give a fuck. Just curious.

  • creolechild

    Group Representing Half A Billion Christians Says It Will No Longer Support Fossil Fuels

    The World Council of Churches, a global coalition of 345 churches, made the decision to no longer fund oil, gas, or coal at its central committee meeting in Geneva, and recommended that its members do the same. “The committee discussed the ethical investment criteria, and considered that the list of sectors in which the WCC does not invest should be extended to include fossil fuels,” read the finance policy committee report.[….]

    Though the WCC’s announcement doesn’t require its member churches to divest, its recommendation may give some the push they need. The Church of England, for example, already announced
    that it was considering redirecting its investments in an effort to
    battle climate change. The Church of England holds an endowment of more than $9 billion.[….]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/07/11/3459111/wcc-christians-divests/

    H/T Emily Atkin

  • Dude totally missed Dean’s point.

    @adamconner: “Some people forget…the internet is not a substitute for personal interaction.” @GovHowardDean. Which is why we’re at #NN14

    • Miranda

      The point never even made it to dumb adam.

  • GreenLadyHere


    – – – –This Day in Black History: July 19, 1971 [Patricia Roberts Harris assumes her second cabinet post as Secretary of Health and Human Services.]– –

    – —Patricia Roberts Harris started her second term as the secretary for Health and Human Services on July 19, 1971. Harris was the only African-American woman to serve in two cabinet positions. She served as secretary of Housing and Urban Development and as secretary of HHS, both in the administration of President Jimmy Carter.

    — – – -☺http://www.biography.com/people/patricia-roberts-harris-205630

    — – — – -☺http://www.howard.edu/rjb/prharris/prhpic001.gif

    — -☺http://www.nbcnews.com/video/meet-the-press/37176874#37176874
    — —[STARTS @ 1.00 – –2.00]


  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥- – –Continuin’ PRAYERS♥- – -AMEN♥

    – – – -☺@rescueourgirls[THANK U♥]

    96 days and the girls are still missing. World Citizens need to step forward, take further action #bringbackourgirls pic.twitter.com/owc11JvPxd

  • creolechild

    Contempt charge for saggy pants in court dismissed

    An eastern Pennsylvania judge has dismissed a contempt-of-court citation against a man who was fined $50 for wearing saggy pants in court.[….] District Judge Wayne Maura had fined Dennis $50 for his attire at a May hearing.

    Defense attorneys appealed, saying a criminal contempt charge was
    inappropriate in this case. Attorney Kimberly Makoul cited a
    previous Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling that failure to stand when a judge enters doesn’t support a criminal contempt conviction.[…]

    Read more: http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20140718_ap_c857faa681d14f7a93f5c69dc171c3c7.html

    H/T AP

    • Miranda

      That’s why we never hear a word about the economy anymore from the cable news and beltway pundits.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ — —MEDIA ALERT – –Kerry to appear on all five Sunday shows —Lookin’ —FORWARD :>)

    – – –[IGNORE the NEGATIVITY in this article!! geesh!!]

    Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/212762-foreign-policy-likely-dominates-sunday-talk-show-discussions#ixzz37wCNOZ3j

    Follow us: @thehill on Twitter | TheHill on Facebook

  • creolechild

    Thousands participated in early voting in DeKalb

    Nearly 7,000 DeKalb County voters had cast ballots before Friday, the last day of early voting until Tuesday’s runoff elections. Turnout numbers show that more people have voted each day leading up to the election, with nearly 700 people making their choices for elected office on Thursday.

    The election includes races for the state schools superintendent, DeKalb sheriff, DeKalb school board and the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate.[….]

    Source: http://www.ajc.com/news/news/local-govt-politics/thousands-participated-in-early-voting-in-dekalb/nghrh/

    H/T Mark Niesse

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥– – -Aaaahhhh – -YES!— –Some DAYZ – –IT jus’ – –B’s –LIKE –DIS! – –4 the 2 of US. :>)

    – – – – -☺@planetepics[THANK U♥] :>)

    Like father, like son pic.twitter.com/0zlUCkZeEV

    – – — – — —☺ LIKE he SAID. . .:>) http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x14rtn_bill-withers-just-the-two-of-us_music

    — -ENJOY♥ :>)

    • rikyrah

      that is so cute.

  • creolechild

    Hospital food gets a locavore makeover

    [….] Major institutions like Jefferson have long relied on whatever giant food service companies provide, often processed foods that are delivered efficiently and are easy to heat and serve. But with a steady supply of locally grown food from the Common Market food hub, Jefferson now serves vegetables like bok choy and asparagus, creamy yogurts from Amish country and omelets with locally sourced cage-free eggs and spinach.[….]

    St. Luke’s University Hospital Network is taking that a step further by
    growing veggies on site at its new facility in Bethlehem Township, Penn. This year, the five-acre plot is expected to grow 44,000 pounds of organic food like tomatoes, squash, and peppers. St. Luke’s plans to eventually double the size of the farm.[….]

    Health benefits aside, institutions like hospitals are perfectly poised
    to give the food movement the kick it needs by making local food
    available on a bigger scale.[….]

    Read more: http://grist.org/list/hospital-food-gets-a-locavore-makeover/

    H/T Samantha Larson

    • qosine

      This is GREAT news!!

  • creolechild

    Summer crime-fighting strategy for Newark unveiled by Mayor Baraka – July 18, 2014

    [….] City officials announced today the department would start taking
    “neighborhood walks,” during which police officers, representatives from city agencies, members of the clergy and civic activists walk around various sections of the city and talk to residents about the problems in their neighborhoods.[….]

    In the long term, city leaders envision having at least 70 percent of
    the approximately 1,000-member police force patrolling the streets. The initiatives are part of a long-term strategy to increase the visibility of a police on the street.[….] The changes in the police department arrive as most types of crime in the city during the first half of this year have declined compared with the same period last year, according to recently released statistics.[….]

    Read more: http://www.nj.com/essex/index.ssf/2014/07/baraka_announces_summer_crime_fighting_strategy.html#incart_river

    H/T Naomi Nix

  • rikyrah

    ok, this made me cry. no dust excuse for this one.


    Couple marries in HUP one day before woman’s death
    Missi Wright’s hospital room turned into a scene from a Nicholas Sparks novel

    By Madeline McCallum · July 15, 2014, 10:56 pm · Updated July 17, 2014, 5:40 pm

    Marriage is a big step for most couples. For Bill Carroll and Missi Wright, it was a milestone at the top of a mountain.

    Their decision turned Wright’s Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania room into what could have been a scene from a Nicholas Sparks novel.

    Throughout their 11-year relationship, 31-year-old Carroll and 36-year-old Wright opted out of an official marriage because it may have impeded Wright’s healthcare benefits.

    “That was the most important thing, that she got the care she needed,” Carroll said.

    On July 2, Carroll and Wright exchanged vows in a ceremony in Wright’s streamer-draped hospital room, surrounded by a group of 20 friends and family members.

    “It was a very touching ceremony,” Director of the Adult Cystic Fibrosis program at HUP Denis Hadjiliadis said.

    Wright had told her team of doctors that if she had no chance of getting better, she didn’t want to be on a machine all the time. “We discussed the fact that there was no way to make things feel better,” Hadjiliadis said. On July 3, Wright was taken off the ventilator. She died around 10:25 p.m., holding her husband’s hand.

    Wright was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at 7-months old, according to her older sister, Rachel Gillis. The youngest Wright sister, Colleen, was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at birth and passed away in 2000 at age 18, only 26 days after her admission to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

    Hadjiliadis — who was one of the doctors on Wright’s team — called cystic fibrosis a “disease based on genetics.” However, the disease — which involves a buildup of sticky mucus in the lungs — does not run in Wright’s family.

    “[My family] didn’t know anything about cystic fibrosis when Missi was born,” said Gillis. “No one in the family had it…we had never heard of it.”

    Gillis said that their mother, a single mom, along with other family members, familiarized herself with how to give pills and perform percussion treatments to loosen mucus in her daughters’ lungs.


    Carroll recalled asking Wright if she wanted to “make this serious, here, in the hospital,” before proposing on June 30.

    The couple met in 2003 at a friend’s graduation party. Carroll said that they “started off slow,” doing the “kind of normal thing any couple would do” before taking their relationship to the next level.

    After about a year, the couple moved in together and Wright earned a Bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration at St. Joseph’s University, all while enduring her illness.

    Carroll and Wright continued to live their life as a couple “in the midst of having to deal with her [cystic fibrosis] issues,” Carroll said. They went on trips to the beach and Niagara Falls and also volunteered at cystic fibrosis fundraisers and walks.

    As Wright’s health declined, their connection translated from romantic vacations to “time spent in the hospital.” Carroll recalled “sitting with [Missi] in the hospital for hours on end, just being there for her support.”

    More than a final act of love, Carroll’s proposal was rooted in hope.

    “We wanted to do it, but also in an attempt to help boost her moral a little bit, give her something to strive more…give her a little more pride in herself,” Carroll said.

    “He wanted to lift her spirits and help her continue her fight in the end,” Gillis added. “We didn’t realize that it would be so short.”

    Carroll asks that any donations be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation or to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.


    • creolechild

      That was a beautiful story Rikyrah.

  • creolechild

    If you’re not familiar with pomegranate, it’s one of the oldest
    known fruits native to Persia. This dense, interesting-looking fruit has
    also been revered as a symbol of health, fertility and life — and research now backs up that pomegranate may be one of the healthiest fruits going. It also has a unique, slightly tart, slightly sweet flavor. The tough, red exterior houses edible seeds that can keep for up to two months in the refrigerator and are often tossed on salads and foods as a crunchy, delicious and nutritious garnish.

    Pomegranate is high in vitamin C, contains a large amount of vitamin K — which is good for bone health — and vitamin B5, which helps the body metabolize protein, carbohydrates and fats. The fruit is also high in phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, zinc, folate, potassium and iron, contains no cholesterol and has about 105 calories from the seeds.[….] A glass of pomegranate juice has more antioxidants than a glass of red wine, green tea or blueberries.[….]

    Read more: http://www.mnn.com/food/healthy-eating/stories/the-health-benefits-of-pomegranate

    H/T Jennifer Nelson

    • Alma98

      I love pomegranates, yum yum yum.
      And I drink pomegranate juice too.

    • rikyrah

      I love pomegranates. The fruit. Just love them.

    • Joy

      I discovered pomegranates while pregnant and they had me hooked. I was eating them nearly every day. For a long time afterward, I had the shakes while waiting for the October-December period when they’re usually in the stores…lol.

      • Aquagranny911

        LOL! They are so good!

    • crazycanuck

      They are so expensive

      • Alma98

        Really cc? This from a woman willing to spend 50 bucks on a bath mat lol.

        • EpiphanySweet

          Wha??? $50 bath mat?

          • Alma98

            We told her if she bought that 50 dollar mat we would come to Canada and beat her lol.

          • Tafr


          • EpiphanySweet

            Oh my…..lol. I can take that better than the sardine pancakes.

        • Tafr

          LMAO y’all leave CC alone.

          • Alma98


          • crazycanuck


          • Alma98


          • Aquagranny911

            You wish!

          • Aquagranny911


        • Aquagranny911


      • Aquagranny911

        Well Dang, CC! Now I know what to bribe you with when I come visiting, lol. They are expensive outside the areas they grow or unless you have relatives who give them to you for free. Just gloating a little…I do love my cousins!

        Is the juice that expensive where you live also?

        • crazycanuck


    • GreenLadyHere

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

      Jus’ GOT IN — -OFF MY LEDGE. LOL – – -Had a “POWER OUTTAGE”. :>)

      THANK U 4 this article. – – -Had started increasing my FRUIT intake 2 weeks ago. – -:>)
      Annnd — – POMEGRANATES were on my list. :>) Woo! Hoo!

      — –ALL THIS chemistry STUFF: — – –Pomegranate is high in vitamin C, contains a large amount of vitamin K —
      which is good for bone health — and vitamin B5, which helps the body metabolize protein, carbohydrates and fats. The fruit is also high in phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, zinc, folate, potassium and iron, contains no cholesterol and has about 105 calories from the seeds.[….]
      — –
      – -YES!!- — – -YES!. — -:>)
      – – -Soooo healthy. :>) Again, thank U. :>)

      B BLESSED♥ :>)

    • Aquagranny911

      Love pomegranates! I still get them from a relative by the basket. They keep really well & you can freeze the seeds too but I prefer them as fresh as I can get them.

      I didn’t realize how healthy they were. I will have to eat more, lol!

  • Aquagranny911

    Hola PBomb! I am so late to the party this week but I have read every word of this week’s dairies on Gil Scott Heron. I long admired his work, especially the early stuff but did not know all the history. I learn so much here every week & really appreciate all the work you Mods do to educate me.

    BIG HUGS & GRACIAS from me!

    • PBomb

      I am glad you enjoy the series AG!