August 30, 2014

Sunday Afternoon Thread: Brian Thompson – All About The Benjamins

 Good Afternoon POU!

In case you missed this little know black history fact – guess who designed the new $100 bill?

The new sleek $100 bills were released by the U.S. Federal Reserve on October 8, 2013. The design was the creation of 43-year-old African American artist, Brian Thompson. Thompson walks in his father’s footsteps, who served as a cylinder maker at the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing in D.C.  His father saw a call for artists and knew his son would fit the bill. The artist has been working at the bureau for 24 years and he can finally call the newly release $100 bill his own design.

An Artistic Makeover for “The Benjamin”

Brian Thompson’s latest artwork has taken 17 years to create. But when the piece is unveiled this fall, millions will see and touch it.

Mr. Thompson designs paper money at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington—most recently the new $100 bill, which will start to circulate on Oct. 8.

The note will still feature Benjamin Franklin on its face and Philadelphia’s Independence Hall on its back. Much of the rest reflects Mr. Thompson’s choices: He wanted to give the bill more movement and an airier feel than “Benjamins” have now. And he hoped to evoke more U.S. history by adding well-known imagery, such as the Declaration of Independence—while incorporating new anticounterfeiting features.

“It’s like putting a puzzle together,” said Mr. Thompson on a recent morning at his drafting desk in the Bureau’s neoclassical building near the National Mall. “In a puzzle, you have to have each piece in the right place to get a whole picture.”

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When finished, that picture will be among the most recognized across the globe. At the end of 2012, 8.6 billion $100 bills were in circulation, according to the Federal Reserve. Up to two-thirds of U.S. currency circulates abroad, and the $100 note is a favorite of foreign counterfeiters. That’s why on the door to Mr. Thompson’s studio is a red sign that says “High Security Area.” Underneath it, he has added a small poster. “Bank-note design is old-world craftsmanship,” it reads.

Just over a century ago, Theodore Roosevelt hired sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens to redesign currency; his work with gold coins is famous. But most designers haven’t been celebrities. A 43-year-old Washingtonian, Mr. Thompson started drawing in the third grade and went to a high school for the arts. In college, he apprenticed at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. In 1989, he began to help redesign the $20 bill (which was issued four years later) and never left.

Mr. Thompson finds the size of paper currency a challenge: Only postage stamps, he jokes, have less space for artistic expression. The images must be easily recognizable, the colors vibrant and the numbers big enough to prevent confusion. His favorite bank-notes include those of Australia and South Africa, with their vivid, subtly blended colors. For inspiration, he looks to the fantastical engravings of M.C. Escher and the brilliantly detailed flowers of Georgia O’Keeffe.

Mr. Thompson started working on the new bill in 1996, after the current $100 note was issued. He began with a series of sketches. Because he wanted to include the Declaration of Independence, which Franklin signed, one sketch showed a wavelike scroll with a large quill. But in the end there wasn’t room for the scroll. Instead, the Declaration’s words fill the right side of the note.

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The quill is paired with an inkwell that has an image of the Liberty Bell inside it. The bell doubles as a security mark, changing from green to copper, appearing and disappearing, depending on the angle of the light. In addition, Mr. Thompson incorporated the date of the declaration’s adoption, July 4, 1776. “That was the push, to really tell a story this time,” he said.

To add space and flow, Mr. Thompson thinned the black frame around the bill’s edges and eliminated the frame around Franklin’s portrait: “I wanted something more airy and free.” He also gave shoulders to Franklin, so that the viewer’s eye would move, in a continuous curve, from the lower left of the note to the security ribbon and historic symbols above on the right.

A committee with representatives of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, the Fed, the U.S. Secret Service and the Treasury recommends the design to the secretary of the Treasury, who has the final say. It took 40 drafts to reach a final version.

The same panel advised on how to foil counterfeiters, a key aim of the redesign. Mr. Thompson said that the aesthetic challenge was to keep the necessary signatures, symbols and security marks from turning the bill into a piecemeal collage. “It’s a balancing act,” he said.

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  • Miranda

    SMH……..$245 for a pair of sneakers, and sold out in 10 minutes…and no, not Jordan’s. Gee whiz, at least the over-priced sneakers OUGHT to be a pair that carries the name of an ACTUAL athlete!
    ————————
    Nike Air Yeezy 2 Sells out in 10 Minutes After Surprise Release

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1954115-nike-air-yeezy-2-sells-out-in-10-minutes-after-surprise-release?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=programming-national

    • Alma98

      They’re ugly too, what a waste of money.

      • Miranda

        Of course my nephew had to tell me “I know the person with a closet devoted just to shoes not talking bout cost too much!”….LOL

        • Alma98

          LOL

  • Miranda
  • goldenstar

    15 Photos From The Massive Progressive Protest You Didn’t Hear About This Weekend

    BY ESTHER YU-HSI LEE ON FEBRUARY 9, 2014 AT 12:57 PM

    Somewhere between 80 to 100,000 people from 32 states turned out to protest four years of drastic state Republican initiatives in Raleigh, North Carolina, on Saturday.

    The “Moral March on Raleigh,” organized by Historic Thousands on Jones Street (HKonJ), marched from Shaw University to the state capitol to push back against the “immoral and unconstitutional policies” of Republican Gov. Pat McCrory during the 2013 NC General Assembly session. Since North Carolina Republicans took over both legislative chambers in 2010, legislators have eliminated a host of programs and raised taxes on the bottom 95 percent, repealed a tax credit for 900,000 working families, enforced voter suppression efforts, blocked Medicaid coverage, cut pre-Kindergarten funding, cut federal unemployment benefits, and gave itself the authority to intervene in abortion lawsuits.

    Activists have gathered at weekly protests, called ‘Moral Mondays,’ in North Carolina since 2013 as a way to give voice to individuals whose rights were under attack by the Republican-controlled legislature. While there were no reported arrests in Saturday’s protest, hundreds of nonviolent protesters were arrested during last year’s Moral Monday events.

    Here’s a look at 15 of the best photos from Saturday’s Moral March:

    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/02/09/3268901/moral-monday-north-carolina-gop/

    • TresL

      I think it’s great they’re doing this now; but, where were these people before the RWNJ governor was elected. Excuse me, but I am so tired of protests and activism after the fact and of having to reverse damage that never would have happened had people mobilized this way before the election.

      • Alma98

        Someone can correct me if I’m wrong. But I believe the local head of the NAACP and the black community was protesting before McCrory got elected. And then other people joined them. But I hear what you saying TresL.

      • conlakappa

        That is my issue with a political school of thought called reactionary: you sit around waiting for something to react to.

        • Aquagranny911

          I hate that! By Dios, people who sit on their asses, waiting to “react” irritate the caca out of me. Better to be up & doing than just waiting!

          Sorry, I’m in a mood today.

        • TresL

          My greatest fear for this country is that people who vote Republican and people who don’t vote at all (or in the midterms) will realize their mistake only after the country has been thoroughly and completely destroyed.

    • Miranda

      This was nowhere to be found on the front of any major newspaper outside of North Carolina and is not being majorly reported by the news networks either. But if 1000 tea partiers have a protest they claim its a major historical event.

      • Alma98

        Hell if 20 baggers protest it’s all over the news.

  • Miranda

    In meetings with young black men, Obama tries to leave a mark
    By Zachary A. Goldfarb,

    Updated: Sunday, February 9, 4:00 PM

    CHICAGO – Kerron Turner sat with a more than a dozen other teenagers in a classroom at Hyde Park Academy High School on this city’s troubled South Side, nervously settling in for an unusual meeting with the president of the United States.

    They told their stories: Turner worried about the gangs he passes on his way home from school. Robert Scates had dropped out of high school and was working to catch up in time to graduate. Lazarus Daniels feared what would happen to his anger if he couldn’t play football anymore.

    Eventually, it was President Obama’s turn to check in — to say how he was feeling emotionally, physically, intellectually and spiritually.

    Obama’s quiet visit a year ago to the “Becoming a Man” program for inner-city youth in Chicago, along with a follow-up meeting several months later, would test whether Obama could transform the symbolism of his presidency into something more personal, one young man at a time. The meetings left a mark on the president, who has used them as motivation for a forthcoming White House initiative on young men of color that he promised to launch in this year’s State of the Union address.

    more here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/chicago-teens-stories-on-becoming-a-man-leave-a-mark-on-the-president/2014/02/09/8808c336-82b8-11e3-9dd4-e7278db80d86_story.html

    • crazycanuck

      The President does nothing for Black people

      • Miranda

        That’s what the blacker than thou folks told us.

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

          I wonder if those Blacker Than Thou folks have participated in this or other mentoring programs?

          • qosine

            No money in that, Sepia.

          • AxelFoley

            *crickets*

          • conlakappa

            Um, uh, security concerns… (i.e. no corporate sponsorship / face time on MSNBC for that. Priorities, man.

  • Aquagranny911

    Very cool diary, Miranda!

    Now I have a Granny rant…inspired by a post on the last thread. I am so sick of the misbegotten goatfiggers calling all us retired folks on Social Security a bunch of “lazy” freeloading bums!

    Most of the elders I know do some kind of volunteer work every week. Many also help out with their grandchildren, providing relief for the parents & reducing childcare costs. Some even care for other elders in the familia who are disabled or infirm. One example, my 68 year old cousin cares for her 95 year old father, my Tio every day so he can live comfortably & not be in some nursing home.

    I could give tons more examples from people who volunteer at the children’s hospital, the shelters & the food banks. Some deliver Meals on Wheels, drive elders to appointments or just visit the sick & shut in.

    They do this for love, not money. Many say how much they enjoy being able to volunteer since they don’t have to go to a job every day. Being retired is a gift of time that so many of us did not have when we were younger, working full time & raising families. So many of us really appreciate being able to give back to our communities.

    Here is the estimated value of what volunteers give to their communities every year.

    http://www.independentsector.org/volunteer_time#sthash.iIGL6IHM.dpbs

    {According to the Corporation for National and Community Service, about 64.3 million Americans, or 26.8 percent of the adult population, gave 7.9 billion hours of volunteer service worth $171 billion in 2011.1 For the latest information, please see http://www.volunteeringinamerica.gov. – See more at: http://www.independentsector.org/volunteer_time#sthash.iIGL6IHM.K4NDptgr.dpuf}

    So big FUCK YOU GOP & BITE THE BIGGEST CACTUS!

    My two pesos! (I wish I had one of those spiffy $100′s!)

    • qosine

      They’re full of it. Two of my friends are sisters, one is 80,
      the other 75. They’ve taken me under their wing in the
      Democratic Women’s group (members all ages). I spent
      the afternoon over at one of the sister’s houses looking
      through newsletters and minutes to give me ideas for
      a 2014 reboot style newsletter. They do SO much all
      the time. We’re going to a dinner, a convention, and
      taking some road trips in my big blue van. These greedy
      )(*&^ just want their hands on the trust fund to “invest”
      in the next get rich quick scheme.

      • conlakappa

        You all have heard about the super seniors in my family: my aunt who 80 hosts the weekly family Sunday dinners and drives a few of her siblings to appointments/shopping. My aunt who is 79 does errands for seniors in her church. They and others of her children look out for my grandmother as well as children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Another aunt was watching her great-grandson as well as the brother from another father of her grandson. She was 70 at the time. Yep, bums, the lot of them.

        • qosine

          “Super Seniors” all of them! Your family
          sounds fantastic — like you.

          • conlakappa

            Thanks! They are a lot nicer than I. Glad you got the pun about super. Aunts and uncles to me will always be the age that I remember them being when I was a kid. That notion was brought to a sobering end when my mother said a couple of years ago “ours is a pretty old family!” They are so vibrant, for the most part. All of the children of my grandparents are seniors now!

  • crazycanuck

    You know I use to love to watch skating at the Olympics and pretty much anywhere it was on. What turned me off considerably was all the ‘WE WUZ ROBBED’ nonsense,, all the blaming the whole ridiculous judging solely on the Russians.

    What turned me onto skating was actually the Russians and their use of ballet and classical music. One of the many complaints, especially in Ice Dancing (which was my favorite) was that is was only the same people winning. Well what is the dam difference now? It’s either Tessa or Scott (Canadian) or the America pair.

    Also we have got to start seeing some people of colour in this sport, and when we do I don’t want to hear they are too athletic or their body shape is not right or all the other bullsh!t you always get from the commentators.

    • rikyrah

      Surya Bonaly… too athletic…

      Debi Thomas….not as ‘artistic’ as Katarina Witt…..

      yeah, we know the story.

  • isonprize

    Is it any wonder that “Moral Monday” and the “Moral March” in North Carolina has not made national news?

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BgAod4MCQAAMTbz.jpg

  • Miranda

    Cheyenne Woods, niece of Tiger Woods, wins Australian Ladies Masters
    THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    PUBLISHED: SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2014, 12:50 PM

    GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — Cheyenne Woods won the Australian Ladies Masters on Sunday for her first major professional tour victory, holding off 17-year-old Australian amateur Minjee Lee by two strokes.

    The 23-year-old Woods, Tiger Woods’ niece, closed with a 4-under 69 at Royal Pines to finish at 16-under 276. Lee also shot 69 in the event sanctioned by the European and Australian tours.

    “This is a huge accomplishment for me,” Woods said. “The European Tour has been great to be able to play this past year. I’ve been able to see all of these great players, play with Solheim Cup members … to be able to come out here and compete with them and come out on top was huge for me.”

    From Phoenix, Woods is the daughter of Earl Woods Jr., Tiger Woods’ half brother.

    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/more-sports/uncle-tiger-niece-wins-australia-article-1.1607648#ixzz2srwA4vOV

  • crazycanuck

    More Canadiana…Emily Carr…Autumn in France

    • qosine

      Wow! Warm and strong colors!

    • goldenstar

      LOVE!

    • MsKitty

      Been an Emily Carr fan ever since I visited her house/museum in Victoria years ago.

  • TresL

    Check this out everybody. I saw her video for the first time last night and went looking for it on You Tube and found this live performance which is just as good if not better than the video. I think she may have been discovered by Prince. Enjoy!

  • Miranda

    I wonder if a black man called one of Duke’s white players a “cracka ass cracka” and the player shoved him, would Stephen A Smith be as adamant about the player being punished and nevermind what the grown ass fan said.

    • Admiral_Komack

      Nope.
      (Bring out the dancing raccoon).

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

          *tears*

        • conlakappa

          You are wrong for changing up his outfit!

      • Admiral_Komack

        I understand the suspension (can’t have student athletes going after assholes in the stands) but I wish Orr had gotten decked, the bastard.

        • Miranda

          I understand the suspension, but what is pissing me off is all of these nitwits who seem to believe its perfectly ok for fans to BE the thugs they claim the athletes are.

          When I saw the picture of that soccer player who last night was reduced to tears because of racial taunts, it really hit me that these guys should NOT have to hold all their emotions inside. We already die earlier from holding it all inside, tired of that.

          • qosine

            Yes

          • conlakappa

            Very reminiscent of people who said they donated to the campaign therefore could call the President out if his name. Scholarship doesn’t equal forfeiture of dignity. One of the white partners at my firm has a black kid who plays soccer. He is only one of two black kids on the team and got into a fight on the field a few months back after enduring taunts of nigger for most of the game.

          • TresL

            ITA! This debate should be about what the fuck is wrong with white people in this country and not why Marcus reacted the way he did. This is a 60 year old man yelling at a kid. THAT should be the story!

            I would imagine that the majority of college basketball teams in this country have mostly black players so if a fan calls a player from the opposing team the N-word for the offense of falling on the floor near him, then what does he think of the black players on the team he’s rooting for?

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

      Oh, so that’s why RoRo was defending him from being called a sellout.

  • Miranda
    • goldenstar

      I just saw 42 last night. Jackie Robinson wanted to deck that Phillies manager who taunted him during the entire game.

  • Miranda

    Jonathan Chait on twitter whitesplaining to you unwashed negroes that you need to absorb any and all racial slurs and taunts towards you.

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

      Chait gonna get his feelings hurt. He better look at Black Twitter’s body count and think again.

      • AxelFoley

        LOLOLOLOLOL

  • Miranda

    *snicker*…….so one of the “Occupy Wall Street” leaders took a job with Google huh….LOLOLOLOL

    Occupy Wall Street leader now works for Google, wants to crowdfund a private militia
    BY YASHA LEVINE
    ON FEBRUARY 7, 2014

    http://pando.com/2014/02/07/occupy-wall-street-leader-now-works-for-google-wants-to-crowdfund-a-private-militia/

    • Admiral_Komack

      Guess he wanted to be one of the 1%.

    • malletgirl02

      Pragmatic Obots so called this.

      • crazycanuck

        From jump, as they use to say

      • AxelFoley

        POU know what the future holds when it comes to these mofos.

    • AxelFoley

      Interestink. Veddy, veddy interestink.

    • qosine

      Occupier wants to crowd fund a private militia?
      Naturally.

  • Miranda

    Oh FFS……here we go with this shit….smh
    ——————
    How Do You Like Your Blue-Eyed Boys, Mr. Rap?

    It’s morning in Macklemore’s America.

    At last month’s Grammys, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis won four awards, three in rap categories, the sort of pigs-flying moment that gets prognosticators to prognosticating, and self-designated cultural protectors to fuming. Here was a pop-inclined white hip-hop act that had leapfrogged to juggernaut status in barely a year and in turn become a bellwether of racial shifts in the genre.

    But Macklemore’s breakthrough is merely the mass-market debut of a phenomenon that’s been happening for some time — white rappers performing for predominantly white audiences. The crisis of hip-hop’s whitening flares up every couple of years when a white rapper experiences a great deal of success, but the sort of success Macklemore has achieved has been fundamentally different from those who preceded him in form and scale. This has been happening for years in subcultural spaces, where it’s been less of a threat to the genre’s center.

    more here: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/10/arts/music/aer-hip-hop-and-reggae-duo-plays-irving-plaza.html

  • qosine

    Great, great post about

  • crazycanuck

    Is that ‘fan’ being banned from games, or is he allowed to continue his racist chants to someone else?

    • AxelFoley

      He’s self-banning.

      Yeah, he gets to choose.

  • goldenstar

    New nonprofit focused on American criminal justice system….

    Bill Keller, Former Editor of The Times, Is Leaving for News Nonprofit

    By RAVI SOMAIYAFEB. 9, 2014

    Bill Keller, a columnist at The New York Times and its former executive editor, will leave the paper to become editor in chief of The Marshall Project, a nonprofit journalism start-up focused on the American criminal justice system.

    “It’s a chance to build something from scratch, which I’ve never done before,” Mr. Keller said, “and to use all the tools that digital technology offers journalists in terms of ways to investigate and to present on a subject that really matters personally.”

    Over the course of a three-decade career at The Times, Mr. Keller won a Pulitzer Prize for international reporting as a correspondent in Moscow; chronicled the collapse of apartheid as the paper’s Johannesburg bureau chief; and served as executive editor from 2003 to 2011.

    “Bill has made so many contributions to The Times over his 30 years here, it’s difficult to quantify them,” said Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr., publisher of The New York Times. “He challenged his newsroom colleagues to innovate while remaining true to the highest journalistic standards, and we’re all better for it.”

    Mr. Keller, 65, will be at The Times through early March before assuming his leadership post at The Marshall Project. Formed late last year by Neil Barsky, a journalist turned Wall Street money manager, The Marshall Project is a nonpartisan news organization dedicated to covering criminal justice.

    “Since the day I was born, I have been aware that the criminal justice system in America is bizarrely horrible and weirdly tolerated,” Mr. Barsky said. “The main reason is that it’s been that way for such a long duration that we don’t challenge it anymore.”

    With The Marshall Project, Mr. Barsky said that he hoped to ignite a national conversation about the criminal justice system, just as news media coverage and advocacy groups helped change the country’s views on same-sex marriage.

    Mr. Barsky, 56, worked as a reporter at The Wall Street Journal before pursuing a career in finance. He was a research analyst at Morgan Stanley before starting a hedge fund, Alson Capital, which at its peak had $3.5 billion under its management. He shut down the fund in 2009 and has recently turned to filmmaking, directing “Koch,” a 2012 documentary about former Mayor Edward I. Koch of New York.

    The website, scheduled to start in the second quarter of this year, plans to raise money from foundations and individual donors and is modeled on other nonprofit news organizations like ProPublica. Its budget is projected to be about $5 million a year, which would pay for a staff of about 30.

    Mr. Keller said the site would include “strong original journalism” as well as an “aggregation of interesting research and interesting voices, including voices from inside prison.” It is intended to be, he said, “a bit of a wake-up call to a public that has gotten a little numbed to the scandal that our criminal justice system is.”

    Andrew Rosenthal, The Times’s editorial page editor, said that he was surprised by Mr. Keller’s decision to leave and that the paper and its readers would miss Mr. Keller’s column.

    “But what an amazing opportunity,” Mr. Rosenthal said. “If you want to do something new, this is a great area. My first thought, and this is purely self-centered, is that having another source of information on criminal justice is a great thing.”

    The Marshall Project is the latest journalistic venture aiming to produce journalism outside the bounds of traditional news organizations. But Mr. Keller said he did not see his move as similar to those of Nate Silver, the statistician and writer who left The Times to join ESPN, orEzra Klein, the former Washington Post journalist who is starting a site at Vox Media.

    Instead, Mr. Keller said, he sees himself as more closely aligned with Paul E. Steiger, who left the top editor’s post at The Wall Street Journal in 2008 to join ProPublica as its founding editor in chief.

    “I found that I was lying awake at night thinking about how I could do this,” Mr. Keller said. “You always like to think that you have one or two more acts left in your life.”

    Before joining The Times in 1984, Mr. Keller worked for The Dallas Times Herald, The Congressional Quarterly Weekly Report in Washington and The Oregonian in Portland.

    The Times won 18 Pulitzer Prizes during Mr. Keller’s tenure as executive editor. He steered the paper through a period of financial strain and also oversaw an expansion of the paper’s website and online audience.

    “I don’t think anybody finds it easy to leave The Times,” said Mr. Keller, who has written an Op-Ed column for the paper since stepping down as executive editor. The Times, he added, “gave me a front-row seat at the end of the Soviet Union, and the end of white rule in South Africa, and then let me guide the newsroom through the transition to the web.”

    Jill Abramson, The Times’s executive editor and Mr. Keller’s successor, called his numerous contributions to the paper “a magnificent legacy.”

    “Bill is a superb journalist who does it all: editing, reporting, writing and columnizing,” Ms. Abramson said. “What a coup for this new venture to get someone of his caliber. I will miss him more than I can say.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/10/business/media/bill-keller-former-editor-of-the-times-is-leaving-for-news-nonprofit.html?hp

  • lamh36

    LOL. Came across this in my reading today. Here’s a sample of a resignation letter you might want to give, but should probably be kept to yourself…lol.

    I’m thrilled to inform you that I’m resigning.

    I have been waiting for what seems like forever to inform you that I’m resigning. I’ve hated worked for the company since the day I was hired. I don’t like the work, I don’t like my fellow employees, and I don’t like you.

    I am tendering my resignation effective immediately and I’m heading for the open road. I bought a Harley and a leather jacket and my girlfriend, Denise, is coming along. It was a little tough to find a jacket to fit her, but we managed.

    I know you would like me to help you with a transition, but I won’t. Have fun figuring out the files on my computer. I can’t even figure them out most of the time.

    Oh, speaking of computers, you’ll need to figure out the passwords to all our online resources. I forgot to keep a list of them, so have fun with that.

    I’m sure you’d like to have a going away party for me. However, I’m not interested in the stale cookies and nasty punch that constitutes saying goodbye at this company.

    Don’t worry about writing me a reference, even though I’m sure you’d be glad to recommend my work. I don’t need or want one. I don’t need references where I’m heading. So, consider our bridges burnt.

    See ya,

    Happy To Be Gone

    http://jobsearch.about.com/od/sampleresignationletters/a/funnyresignationletter.htm

    • qosine

      I just read this to a friend who loved that part about
      the computer passwords. He’s always laughing about misplacing the list when he decides to take another job. lol

  • Miranda
    • Alma98

      Yum, Scandalous!

      • conlakappa

        Angina-licious!

    • crazycanuck

      I gained 10 pounds just looking at this

    • rikyrah

      lawd….lawd…lawd…
      HAMMERCY!!!
      yum yum yum

  • Miranda

    College Football Star Michael Sam Says He Is Gay; May Become First Publicly Gay Player in N.F.L.
    By JOHN BRANCH FEB. 9, 2014

    Coaches at the University of Missouri divided players into small groups at a preseason football practice last year for a team-building exercise. One by one, players were asked to talk about themselves — where they grew up, why they chose Missouri and what others might not know about them.

    As Michael Sam, a defensive lineman, began to speak, he balled up a piece of paper in his hands. “I’m gay,” he said. With that, Mr. Sam set himself on a path to become the first publicly gay player in the National Football League.

    “I looked in their eyes, and they just started shaking their heads — like, finally, he came out,” Mr. Sam said Sunday in an interview with The New York Times, the first time he spoke publicly about his sexual orientation.

    Mr. Sam, a 6-foot-2, 260-pound senior, went on to a stellar season for Missouri, which finished 12-2 and won the Cotton Bowl. He was named a first-team all-American. He was the defensive player of the year in the Southeastern Conference, widely considered the top league in college football. Teammates voted him Missouri’s most valuable player.

    more here: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/10/sports/michael-sam-college-football-star-says-he-is-gay-ahead-of-nfl-draft.html?smid%3D=tw-nytsports&_r=0

    • Alma98

      Good for him.

    • lamh36

      Good for him.

      I know not nothing bout football. I know alot of ya’ll are big football fans, so what I’m wondering, is aside from the prospect of being the first openly gay player, in NFL, what would be an honest assessment of his actual playing ability on the field.

      I ask cause if he’s a phenom, then the prospect of having such a player on the roster may put the cold hard cash facts in from of league owners and they’ll place cash above “morals” as they are always doing anyway

  • lamh36

    Been searching for houses for rent in NOLA all evening while listening to the music choice channels on my cable box…lol. I want the space afforded by renting a home, but I don’t want to have to move in 1 year as a lot of the places are saying they only want lease for 1 year.

    So I’m thinking I’ll just have to stick to apartments. I have a 3 year plan, that includes saving as much money as possible while still being able to live comfortably.

    Anyway, tomorrow I’ll be looking at apartment listings

  • lamh36

    Ok, here is my letter of resignation. I figured I’d when I talk to my supervisor, I’ll just state basically the same thing expressed in this letter.

    “To Whom It May Concern:

    Please accept my resignation from my position here at…effective two weeks from this date. As you know, my mother has been suffering
    from a serious illness, and is going to require more and more frequent visits and supervision, so I will be unable to fulfill the commitments of my position here for the foreseeable future.

    This was not an easy decision to make, on my part. The past year have been very rewarding. I’ve enjoyed working for …, Pathology and particularly the Microbiology laboratory.

    Thank you for the opportunities for growth that you have provided me.

    I wish you and the company all the best.

    Please let me know if there is anything I can do to ease the transition in any way.

    Sincerely….

    What do ya’ll think?

    • conlakappa

      I really would take out the sentence that talks about your mother’s health. You can convey that in person. Otherwise, looks great! Good luck!

      • qosine

        I agree.

  • Alma98
    • Miranda

      NO. THEY.DIDNT!!!

      • Alma98

        LOL

  • Miranda

    Tracy Reese: Fashion race issues on and off runway
    By LEANNE ITALIE, Associated Press
    Updated 8:35 pm, Sunday, February 9, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Diversity on the runway is only part of the race problem in fashion, said Tracy Reese. There’s plenty to be done behind the scenes as well, she said.

    Reese, a rare black female designer at New York Fashion Week, sees no one solution.

    “There’s so many things that need to change. There are a lot of designers of color but I think there’s just a dearth of designers out front,” she said Sunday as she dashed from runway walk-through to makeup re-touches for one of her models Sunday at a space in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood.

    more here: http://www.ctpost.com/entertainment/article/Tracy-Reese-Fashion-race-issues-on-and-off-runway-5219432.php

    • conlakappa

      She has another line that is more affordable–maybe it is what keeps her grounded and more realistic about potential customers.

  • Miranda
  • crazycanuck

    Who wears short shorts

    Shorpy ‏@Shorpy 13h

    “Lana Turner by pool at the Coral Casino.” 1951. Santa Barbara, Calif. Earl Theisen photo. http://bit.ly/1fQFMAX pic.twitter.com/c725ykAcDu

    • AxelFoley

      Damn.

      • qosine

        lol

  • lamh36

    @EdgeofSports 15m
    As we all feel great about Michael Sam, depressing reality check: the early, cowardly response from NFL GMs: http://bit.ly/1da8tbQ

    • goldenstar

      The NFL needs Judy Smith because they’ve been showing their behinds lately and it’s not pretty.

      • lamh36

        I read the article goldenstar.

        they sound like a bunch of bigotted cowards. Them players getting paid big damn money. they take their cues from management and so if management says get over. then the will have to do it.

        But these cowards ain’t even gonna try

    • TresL

      I appreciate their honesty. I think it’s best for him to expect the worst and be pleasantly surprised rather than the opposite.

      • lamh36

        If you haven’t seen this yet, here is a behind the scenes article detailing the planning and execution of Sam’s public coming out annoucement.

        It shows that it wasn’t taken lightly or flippantly. The kid def struggled and decided to just go with his truth. He and his team don’t appear to be naive about what may happen once he did come out.

        I commend them all on the planning that went into it. Now it’s on the NFL and the GM

        ‘The eagle has landed’: The exclusive behind-the-scenes story of how NFL prospect Michael Sam came out
        http://www.outsports.com/2014/

    • qosine

      I’m going to be hopeful. So far unnamed people, kind of
      like what other anonymous sources are used against
      PBO. Feels like trial balloons for the money people and the fans. I really, really hope I’m right for the sake Michael Sam.
      He stepped up; now it’s their move.

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

    This is disappointing…

    Diahann Carroll Withdraws from Broadway Revival of A Raisin in the Sun starring Denzel Washington

    By Adam Hetrick and Michael Gioia

    09 Feb 2014

    LaTanya Richardson Jackson will replace Tony Award-winning actress Diahann Carroll as Lena Younger in the Broadway return of Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, starring Denzel Washington, which will begin previews March 8 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre.

    A representative for the production stated that Carroll withdrew from
    the production due to the vigorous demands of the rehearsal and
    performance schedule.

    A Raisin in the Sun was to mark the highly anticipated Broadway
    return of the acclaimed actress after more than a 30-year absence from the New York stage. The film, television and stage star is a Tony Award winner for No Strings. Her stage credits also include Sunset Boulevard, Agnes of God and her 1954 Broadway debut in Harold Arlen’s House of Flowers.

    MORE: http://www.playbill.com/news/article/187447-Diahann-Carroll-Withdraws-from-Broadway-Revival-of-A-Raisin-in-the-Sun-starring-Denzel-Washington

    • MsKitty

      Still plan on seeing it but I’m disappointed too.

  • lamh36

    If you haven’t seen this yet, here is a behind the scenes article detailing the planning and execution of Sam’s public coming out annoucement.

    It shows that it wasn’t taken lightly or flippantly. The kid def struggled and decided to just go with his truth. He and his team don’t appear to be naive about what may happen once he did come out.

    I commend them all on the planning that went into it. Now it’s on the NFL and the GM.

    ‘The eagle has landed’: The exclusive behind-the-scenes story of how NFL prospect Michael Sam came out
    http://www.outsports.com/2014/2/9/5396036/michael-sam-gay-football-player-missouri-nfl-draft

    • qosine

      I’m off to read this. My sense is that Michael Sam stepped up
      in a very strategic way. I hope this is confirmed.

      • lamh36

        It’s a great read qosine.

        I challenge anyone to actually read it and not root for this guy, especially after reading that SI article

        • qosine

          Really good article, lamh. I agree with you.
          I’m really happy to read about all the thought that went into his announcement.

  • conlakappa

    I have seen that black family Valentine Hallmark ad on a seemingly constant loop. Especially noteworthy because of the rightwing nature of that company.

    • Alma98

      I love Aloe Blacc, my son showed me this last week.

  • GreenLadyHere

    - –Good Evening POU FAM♥ – - -***BIG HUG*** :>)

    – - -U would NOT believe. LOL- — I am a DESPERATE OBOT! – -My REAL INNANET is STILL OFF.; Sooo I took my DESPERATE SELF 2 BEST BUY annnd purchased a “HOT SPOT”. – - –

    NEVA AGAIN will dat INNANET send me 2 my “LEDGE”. LOL

    MR. BRIAN THOMPSON- –☺https://vincentloy.files.wordpress.com/2012/12/congratulazioni-gif-congratulations-glitter-611.gif%3Fw%3D450 — –PROUD of U♥ :>)

    ——☺ENJOY♥ – - -☺http://blogs.kqed.org/bayareabites/files/2014/01/tea-and-cookies.jpg

    – - -B BLESSED/SAFE/WARM♥ —☺http://media.giphy.com/media/og8j6norzamI/giphy.gif

    • qosine

      Come down off that ledge, GreenLady!
      With your hotspot, never again.

      • GreenLadyHere

        LOL – - –La Qosine :>) – —— –Oooo-Kaaay. :>) – —

        – — -I KNOW -HUH? LOL – — :>) — -
        – –☺http://www.robcottingham.ca/cartoon/wp-content/webcomic/noise-to-signal/2009-05-23-ledge.gif

        THANK U 4 da –SUPPORT. :>) – –

  • GreenLadyHere

    –POU FAM♥ — –A BLACK HISTORY MOMENT –:>)

    — -☺February 9, 1995

    Bernard Harris, African-American astronaut, takes
    space walk.

    – -☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdMRijpPf_A

    — -☺http://www.discoveryeducation.com/TexasFutureNow/Sessions/Transformation-Talks/dr-bernard-harris-astronaut-physician-president-harris-foundation.cfm

    — – -Transformation Talk: Astronaut Dr. Bernard A. Harris Jr. Extolls the Virtues of STEM Education –

    Astronaut Dr. Bernard Harris stresses the importance of STEM education and talks about how it impacted his life. The first African American to walk in space discusses how it is a necessary and critical component to America’s economic future. :>)

    — – -BTW: —-FROM MR. PRESIDENT♥ – - -☺http://www.ed.gov/stem

    —Science, Technology, Engineering and Math: Education for Global Leadership

    – - – -“… Leadership tomorrow depends on how we educate our students today—especially in science, technology, engineering and math.”
    — President Barack Obama, September 16, 2010
    — – –:>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ —-TWEETIN – –TERRIFIC♥ –[H/T Nerdy wonka♥] :>)

    – - –ANY COLOR♥ – - -ANY OUTFIT♥ —ANY. . . ! :>)♥ –

    – - – -☺@NerdyWonka
    Lupita Nyong’o in New York Mag. http://nymag.com/thecut/2014/02/lupita-nyongo-new-fashion-it-girl.html

    Stunning

    Breathtaking

    Gorgeous

    Beautiful

    Perfection pic.twitter.com/FVQUPiALSZ

    — -☺@NerdyWonka
    Lupita Nyong’o in New York Mag. http://nymag.com/thecut/2014/02/lupita-nyongo-new-fashion-it-girl.html

    Wow

    Wow

    Wow

    Wow

    Wow! pic.twitter.com/cBOjun4Pe8

    – - – -☺ ‏@NerdyWonka
    Stunning! Gorgeous! RT @NYMag: This week’s magazine: Lupita Nyong’o, fashion’s new it girl. http://thecut.io/1bLzgKv pic.twitter.com/4JHaqgFEBH
    – —BEYOND — -STUNNING, etc.. . ♥ PROUD of U♥ – - B BLESSED♥

    • qosine

      She’s luminous, radiant, gorgeous. I love her wearing
      the pink lipstick, the bold red flowers, and the coral
      petals? dress. Love her white dress in photo 2.
      Wow, GreenLady.

      • GreenLadyHere

        - –HEEY La Qosine♥ ***BIG HUG*** :>) – - -

        —***BIG fist bump*** :>)

        – –Lemme get my book: — ☺http://www.biblio.com/details.php?dcx=147948341&aid=frg&utm_source=google&utm_medium=product&utm_campaign=feed-details&gclid=CNWd9_XxwLwCFc5hfgod9mkAOA
        —The Guinness Book of Superlatives :>) –

        Good 2 C U Qosine. :>) -
        – –B BLESSED/SAFE/WARM♥ –

    • rikyrah

      Beautiful.
      Her skin is flawless

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ —THANK U :>) ***BIG fist bump*** :>) -

    – –Ellison: Obama has ‘done his part’ on immigration– – –

    - ——President Obama has done his part to move on immigration reform and Republicans have dropped the ball, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) said on Sunday.

    As some Republicans have blamed a lack of trust with Obama for not being able to make progress on the issue, Ellison says the president’s track record speaks for itself. – —HAH! – - – -WOO! Hoo! – -
    THERE IS MORE – - – –SPEAK – –TA-RUTH!! :>) –

    • qosine

      Thank you, Rep. Ellison. It’s SO great to hear a Democratic member say what’s SO clearly true. Yes, “the president’s track record speaks for itself.” No one, without an ulterior motive, could ever question PBO’s integrity.

      He and FLOTUS are SO trustworthy. I’m just an everyday person, but I’ve met and worked with many people, and there’s just NO way one can’t trust them. They always do what they say. Always. Isn’t that obvious? Trust is hard to come by. I always remember how FLOTUS talked about PBO driving home after either Malia was born. He was so careful.

      Honestly, PBO really, really, reminds me of my dad. Same temperament, same devotion to family, same integrity throughout his life. He was a guardian protector type who people instinctively trusted. Plus they have the same
      build (though of course, PBO is way younger lol) and same
      way of moving, and sitting.

      I’m up reading an email from one of my families that moved back to Japan (I miss them terribly). They had the big snow,
      so seeing if they were safe and warm. They are, but doing a lot of shoveling to get out their front door!
      #noweapon

      • GreenLadyHere

        – La Qosine♥ — –***Sniff! – -Sniff –ALLERGIES*** :>)
        —-Honestly, PBO really, really, reminds me of my dad. Same temperament, same devotion to family, same integrity throughout his life. He was a
        guardian protector type who people instinctively trusted.
        — –

        — – -What a ROLE MODEL. :>) – - -U R BLESSED. :>)

        —THANK U “sharin’ ” :>) _ – -

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ – — -WATCHIN’ the Pairs Skaters of Russia. :>)
    — –SPECTACULAR. :>) –Creative MOVES. :>) _-

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ – - -VERY MUCH Appreciatin’ his “ACTIVISM” – - -He’s livin’ UP 2 HIS promises. ♥ :>) — -
    Jamie Foxx Nails This Impersonation Of A Civil Rights Great-
    – —Yes, Jamie Foxx is known as an award-winning actor and a singer, but his origins as a comedian come through in his impersonations, from President Obama, to Prince to his recent one of Richard Sherman.

    But Saturday in the Carol City area of Miami Gardens, FL, where NewsOne was on the scene, the particular impersonation he did related to his growing passion for activism. In front of hundreds gathered after a peace walk organized by the parents of slain teen Trayvon Martin (who would have been 19 this past February 5 had he lived) Foxx broke out the uniquely gravely voice of activist and singer Harry Belafonte.
    He did it while recounting how the civil rights great had inspired him to leverage his fame to fight for what’s right. After coming home from WWII, “‘I couldn’t vote. I didn’t have any rights. So myself, Julian,
    Jesse, Martin, we marched,’” Foxx recalled Belafonte telling him,
    adding, “And I said, hold on Mr. Belafonte, you’re saying [those names] like it’s a boy band group.”

    Listen below starting at the 2:55 mark to hear if he did Belfonte justice. Belafonte’s daughter Gina, who was in attendance, appeared to be just as amused as the rest of the crowd.
    THERE IS MORE – - —WELL DONE. :>) –

  • GreenLadyHere

    Dear POU FAM♥ –GOOD NIGHT♥ :>) — -MAY U HAVE BLESSED SWEET DREAMS♥ -♥ —:>)

    — — -☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmQAiJd5VGQ

    — – -UNTIL THE MORNING LIGHT♥ :>)

    – -http://images.ubercomments.com/1/6219052936b83d3e21.gif
    — -PRAYING 4 ALL.♥ AMEN♥ :>) – –