September 25, 2017

Sunday Blues Brunch Open Thread

Happy Sunday P.O.U.! 

Sit back and enjoy the sounds of Lighnin’ Hopkins.


Sam John Hopkins (March 15, 1912 – January 30, 1982)better known as Lightnin’ Hopkins, was an American country bluessinger, songwriter, guitarist and occasional pianist, from Houston, Texas. Rolling Stone magazine included Hopkins at number 71 on their list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time.

Robert “Mack” McCormick stated, “Hopkins is the embodiment of the jazz-and-poetry spirit, representing its ancient form in the single creator whose words and music are one act”.

Hopkins’ style was born from spending many hours playing informally without a backing band. His distinctive fingerstyle playing often included playing, in effect, bass, rhythm, lead,percussion, and vocals, all at the same time. He played both “alternating” and “monotonic” bass styles incorporating imaginative, often chromatic turnarounds and single note lead lines. Tapping or slapping the body of his guitar added rhythmic accompaniment.

 Baby Please Don’t Go

Much of Hopkins’ music follows the standard 12-bar blues template but his phrasing was very free and loose. Many of his songs were in the talking blues style, but he was a powerful and confident singer. Lyrically his songs chronicled the problems of life in the segregated south, bad luck in love and other usual subjects of the blues idiom. He did however deal with these subjects with humor and good nature. Many of his songs are filled with double entendres and he was known for his humorous introductions.


Statue of Lightnin’ Hopkins in Texas

Some of his songs were of warning and sour prediction such as “Fast Life Woman”:

“You may see a fast life woman sittin’ round a whiskey joint,
Yes, you know, she’ll be sittin’ there smilin’,
‘Cause she knows some man gonna buy her half a pint,
Take it easy, fast life woman, ’cause you ain’t gon’ live always…

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  • GreenLadyHere
  • danadevin74

    GoodMorning everyone
    I know im going to enjoy this blues series
    Is Robert Johnson is going to be in this series?
    My grandpa used to scare us when we were kids telling us about how he sold his soul

    • sagittarius

      Hi, danadevin! Don’t know if you were with POU in its previous incarnation, but one week there was a series on blues lyrics from the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s. That was hilarious. I hope that one is revisited again – cause I got some songs they can use!

  • GreenLadyHere


    THANK U 4 introducin’ this artist. :>) Di-ent know him. :>) VERY UNIQUE! His distinctive fingerstyle playing often included playing, in effect, bass, rhythm, lead,percussion, and vocals, all at the same time.. :>)

    – – – -I wanted 2 C how he did Mr. RAY’s CLASSIC.: – –What’d I Say – Sam Lightnin’ Hopkins (Live) – –FUN. :>)

    Again. THANK U. :>) Have a BLESSED day. GOOD 2 C U. PBOMB. :>)

  • Miranda

    Michael Jackson’s mom reported ‘missing’ in ongoing family dispute

    Los Angeles (CNN) — A nephew of Katherine Jackson reported the Jackson family matriarch missing late Saturday night after her grandchildren were unable to get in touch with her for a week.

    It is the latest chapter in a messy dispute between several of Jackson’s children and her advisers over her finances and legal affairs.

    Jackson’s nephew, Trent, filed the report with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office. But one of her sons involved in the dispute said she was fine and resting in Arizona.

    more here

    • isonprize

      But one of her sons involved in the dispute said she was fine and resting in Arizona.

      oh lawd… Janet, you got more work to do.

      • Town

        Janet is in on the drama.

        • isonprize

          What the hell? Alright Town, I got Red Rose, camomile, apple spice or ‘constant comment’

    • This whole thing is a hot ass mess.

  • GreenLadyHere


    – – – –Romney Grabs $26M Lead in Fundraising [But Obama spends heavily on advertising]

    – – – President Obama’s campaign is cash-light compared to Mitt Romney’s, just as Mitt is showing unexpected muscle with small-dollar donors, Politico reports. Romney’s campaign and fundraising committees boasted $170 million in the bank last month, $26 million more than Obama and his committees. A big reason why: Team Obama outspent his rival by $50 million in advertising over the past 3 months.

    Hoping to define Romney before he can get a foothold, Obama dropped $34 million on ads in May (more than it raised) and a whopping $43 million last month—when Romney spent only $12 million.

    — – — —LIKE- — –THIS! HAH!

    – — President Obama on Mitt Romney’s Outsourcing of American Jobs

    [-IGNORE the NEGATIVITY!!]——–MOVE FORWARD!! :>) :>)

  • GN

    (unChristian thoughts on a Sunday, sorry)

    I wonder when Hannity will book the Colorado shooter on his show to commiserate about the nerve of the people who fruitlessly tried to defend themselves against an armed menace. Did the shooter have a scratch on his head? Is the right wing going to donate money to him too? Scour the victims’ facebook and myspace pages? According to the right wing and the NRA, any lunatic and/or scumbag has the right to be armed to the teeth regardless of how crazy they are, but none of us have the right to even attempt to defend ourselves against these gun nuts. This situation can’t go on. People can’t even go to the damn movies, this is ridiculous, and is 1000% the responsibility of the nuts who absolutely refuse to tolerate even the mildest of protections re: gun ownership.

    • Miranda

      I’m waiting for them to start a paypal account to contribute to James Holmes defense too. I damn sure wouldn’t put it past them.

    • Admiral_Komack

      NRA: What the hell were they doing in a movie theatre watching a movie that late at night for, anyway? (snark)

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – – – –UH. OH! – – – -IT’S — -COMIN’ DOWN!- – – —

    – – – Penn State Taking Down Paterno Statue– –

    – — Penn State is taking down the tarnished statue of longtime coach Joe Paterno, reports the AP. The university’s president, Rod Erickson, has confirmed that he has given the order to remove the iconic statue, and a chainlink fence is blockading the area outside Beaver Stadium this morning. “I believe that, were it to remain, the statue will be a recurring wound to the multitude of individuals across the nation and beyond who have been the victims of child abuse,” said Erickson in a statement today.

    Some 20 construction workers, two dump trucks, a flatbed truck, and a forklift are present, as are about 20 police officers—the move won’t sit well with Paterno’s many remaining supporters, notes the AP.

    CONTINUE 2 PRAY 4 the “children”. AMEN.

    • isonprize

      If you ask me, they ought to shut down the football program. But they ain’t asking me and even if they did, that will NEVER happen.

      On a related noted, know that folks are after Gov. Tom “Cut It” Corbett, as he was the state Attorney General at that time all of the child rapes were happening. He did not prosecute the case, even though he was well aware of the allegations.

      • GreenLadyHere

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

        Just heard that the NCAA will meet 2-morrow on Penn State.

        Sorry I’m running. :>)

        Good 2 C U. isonprize :>)

        • Admiral_Komack

          Hard sanctions or hand slap?

          YOU MAKE THE CALL!

      • jds09

        I agree, this is beyond sick. At minimum the NCAA should inflict the death penalty on the Penn State football program. If SMU’s program was punished for paying players (who in my opinion earned that money but I digress) ,Penn State is corrupt and helped damaged some very real lives. Their protection of a sexual predator is obscene.

        • TyrenM

          This was my argument with some colleagues. They all agreed Penn State = too much football money to shut em down.

      • rikyrah

        the football program should get the death penalty, or the NCAA should just disband and say that they are never investigating another program.

        this isn’t about a booster giving some kids a few dollars, here and there..

        this is a program that covered up for a PEDOPHILE.

    • Didn’t POU say from the beginning that Paterno knew exactly what was going on? Either abolish the program or ban them for at least twenty years.

  • jds09


    The republican internal polls (the ones they pay attention to) must be horrible for fellow republicans to be positioning themselves against the nominee like this, so early. The republican convention is gonna be nasty. Bloomberg 2016 anyone? was criticised by the Mayor’s office for running classified adverts which allow individuals to buy and sell handguns and other firearms without
    proper background checks and no questions asked.

    The site is owned by Deseret Media, the for-profit arm of the Church of the Latter Day Saints – also known as the Mormons – which has come to prominence recently as a result of the presidential run of member Mitt Romney.

    Mayor Michael Bloomberg is a lead campaigner for the regulation of firearms which cause carnage on the streets of New York and across the country, recording an advert aired during Sunday’s Super Bowl calling for greater gun control.


    • isonprize

      The site is owned by Deseret Media, the for-profit arm of the Church of the Latter Day Saints – also known as the Mormons

      Learn something new everyday. I didn’t know that Deseret was owned by the Mormon church.

      • nellcote

        Anything with Deseret in the name has a 98% chance of belonging to Mormons.

        • isonprize

          I had no idea. So, with a bit of the google, I see that ‘Deseret’ was the name of the proposed Mormon state back in 1849. Very interesting stuff.

          Mormons been ‘runnin things’ for a good, long while out that way…

    • rikyrah

      now riddle me this, people, what if President Barack Obama belonged to a church THAT SOLD GUNS?

      just askin.’

      • Admiral_Komack

        Holy Reverend Wright, Batman!
        Why, that Keyan colonialist wants to start a war against our way of life!

        A way of life those people don’t understand!

        • edp4bho

          LOL. Thanks for the laugh, admiral. You never disappoint 🙂

      • Aquagranny911

        Seriously, some of these people are so nuts over guns they would probably be A-Okay with that. They love the idea of everyone being armed. They would stick guns in the diapers of babies! They think guns are the answer to everything & everyone should be armed. They have a total orgasm over the shoot outs that could have happened in Tucson & Aurora if more people “just had some guns.”

        These people are not sane when it comes to the issue of guns.

        • conlakappa

          Hmmm, might be a way to turn them off guns. Whatever he does, the want the opposite…

  • The author of this article asks his fellow dinner party guests the following questions:

    Do you think PBO wasn’t born in America?

    Do you think PBO’s a Muslim?

    Do do feel uncomfortable that the president of the U.S. is Black?

    Despite the majority of the guests answering “yes” to these questions, the author has a hard time calling these folks exactly what they are — racists. In fact, he comes across as trying to find excuses not to label these folks as racist.

    After nearly four years of Barack Obama, is white America still uneasy with a black man in the White House?

    • Miranda

      SMH……..but they didn’t say Barack Obama is a nigger so clearly they aren’t racist!

      • Admiral_Komack

        The sheriff is near…

        • conlakappa

          That movie really is shown nearly enough.

    • danadevin74

      I do believe they are genuinely “uncomfortable” with the fact that the fellow in the Oval Office is a black man, not a white man. It’s unacceptable and unworthy, but perhaps understandable in the context of this moment of dramatic — and to some indigestible — change.

      Because that black man is in the white house
      They should be excused of their nasty racism.
      We are supposed to sympathize with them because they are racist but don’t wan’t people to know they are.
      Stop making excuses for these people
      These people are the same ones who stop black people from getting jobs or being promoted their attitudes aren’t harmless.

      • conlakappa

        Duh, won’t somebody please think of the racists?!!! /Helen Lovejoy

    • Ebogan63

      Most of these idiots voted for the ol’ boat anchor and Miss Sarah, so I don’t see the point of these articles focusing on folks that didn’t vote for PBO in the first place. Mofos should just call him a nigga and move on, cuz that’s what they wanna say.

    • rikyrah

      clear to me…

      racist ass mofos.

      • Heads-on-right-in-Cali

        I apparently entered the dark zone, reading the comments to that article. Ugh, wanted to reply, but why waste my time. I am however getting extremely pissed at those that perpetuate the fallacy that “it is just as racist to vote for someone because of their race, as it is to vote against someone because of their race. NO IT ISN’T!!!!

        When blacks vote en mass for a black candidate or any other candidate it is because that person shares their values, and they like what they have to say there is nothing racist in that. Voting against someone simply because of the color of their skin no matter what they have to say, is a huge difference, and that is racist.

        Does anyone here disagree?

      • Admiral_Komack

        The author is going to pop tendons and ligaments; he’s clutching at straws so hard.

  • Aquagranny911

    Hola POU! I know I should not be excited about this given the circumstances but one of my daughters may get to actually meet the Prez today. The medical teams at her hospital are part of an early response disaster unit that responded & were in place to treat the wounded from Aurora.

    She was notified last night that PBO wishes to personally thank those “whose rapid response & devotion to duty saved lives.”

    Our Prez never fails to honor the people who do the work. Bless him!

    Our Prez is a healer of hearts in grief but he does not forget those who respond & deal with disaster. He understands that they suffer too, especially when they can’t save everyone & when they see first hand the pain & agony of the survivors.

    • Miranda

      I know the occasion is under horrific circumstances, but I’m still reserving the right to be excited for your daughter.

      • Aquagranny911

        I couldn’t talk about this very much before today but her group was trained in disaster response by Homeland Security over eight years ago. She got the call in within minutes of the police response to the movie theater. The team was there & working in 30 minutes. She called it “controlled chaos” but they saved lives.

        • Gc

          I am so impressed by her work. First Responders are among my hero/ines.

    • Worldwatcher7

      The circumstances were terrible, but the rapid and skillful response of the police and medical teams was outstanding. It was the one thing about this unspeakable tragedy that we could be proud of as Americans. The Prez always recognizes the best of America, which includes your daughter Aquagranny. Let your “proud mama” flag fly.

      • TyrenM

        And remind them of this when Those People come again to demonize police and firefighters.

    • sagittarius

      Aquagranny, you have raised a daughter who is using her gifts to serve humanity. You should be proud of this recognition – congratulations!

  • Blast from the Past:

    Romney Campaign Creates Fake Bill Clinton Twitter Handle, Tweets From It
    6/05/2012 @ 11:21PM

    Trying to bring attention to the recent praise Bill Clinton has directed Mitt Romney’s way, the Romney campaign resorted to an unorthodox tactic Tuesday; they created a fake Bill Clinton Twitter handle and tweeted praise of Romney from it.


    • Miranda

      and now they’ve just gone all out and created fake twitter FOLLOWERS to boost Mitt. LMAO…they are PATHETIC!

      • I just found out Truman is on twitter. Says Romney is better than the Black guy.

  • rikyrah

    I just wanted to thank everyone for their prayers. My sister is back home.

    • Aquagranny911

      Great news! Thank you so much for the update. I hope she continues to recover.

    • sagittarius

      Great news, rikyrah!

    • Alma98

      I hope your sister continues to have good health and a long life.

    • lamh35

      Wishing your sister good health rikyrah.

    • edp4bho

      Blessings to your sister and family. Prayers still in effect.

    • Great news! Wishing your sister a speedy recovery!

    • BoomerGal

      Great to hear! Wishing her well.

    • cosine

      Excellent news, rikyrah!

    • Camille

      Fantastic. Thank God and much love and hugs to her.

  • Miranda

    Top Clinton Aide Threatened After Bachmann Allegations |

    The New York Post reports Sunday that Huma Abedin, a top aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, was placed under security by authorities after an “unspecified threat.” The source of the threat is not clear — he was “described as a Muslim man” — but the Post linked the incident to widely-repudiated allegations made by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) tying Abedin to the Muslim Brotherhood and suggesting her nefarious influence on the U.S. government. New York police and the State Department reportedly questioned the man, who was not charged, according to the Post. (HT: Laura Rozen)

    • rikyrah

      and will nobody in the press put this at Bachmann’s feet?

      no, because they’ve spent too much time coddling these crazy dangerous people.

      • Heads-on-right-in-Cali

        Your probably right, the media in this country is dangerously pathetic. They act as if the crazies are sane and vice versa. Soon I fear they will reap what they have sown.

      • nellcote

        and will nobody in the press put this at Bachmann’s feet?
        Certainly not the NYPost. That’s Rupert’s favorite money loosing NY propoganda outlet.

  • Miranda

    ADL Responds To Conspiratorial Letter From 5 Members Of Congress; Urges Bachmann, Others To Stop ‘Trafficking In Anti-Muslim Conspiracy Theories’

    New York, NY, July 20, 2012 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today called on five members of Congress, who wrote a letter to various federal agencies accusing certain Muslim Americans of having ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, to reconsider their “unfounded” charges and to stop “trafficking in anti-Muslim conspiracy theories.”

    full press release

  • Miranda


    Darrell Issa wants to rename oceans after Ronald Reagan…..for real

    Issa: Name US waters after Reagan
    Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) is floating legislation that would name most U.S. coastal waters after former President Ronald Reagan.

    Issa reintroduced his bill Wednesday to rename the country’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), which generally extends from three miles to 200 miles offshore, as the Ronald Wilson Reagan Exclusive Economic Zone.

    • Alma98

      I can’t with this fool here, I just can’t.

    • Aquagranny911

      Where are the nets? Issa needs to be dragged away with Bachmann. They can entertain each other in the asylum of their choice while they receive appropriate drugs.

      Not to be nasty but these two give a bad name to mental patients everywhere.

    • BoomerGal

      Where do they find these people????!!!!!!

    • Oh, so this mofo is serious? I thought this was one of those internet rumors.

  • Miranda

    I always did like George Costanza!

    Jason Alexander responds to twitter feedback on his gun control stance.

    I’d like to preface this long tweet by saying that my passion comes from my deepest sympathy and shared sorrow with yesterday’s victims and with the utmost respect for the people and the police/fire/medical/political forces of Aurora and all who seek to comfort and aid these victims.

    This morning, I made a comment about how I do not understand people who support public ownership of assault style weapons like the AR-15 used in the Colorado massacre.

    That comment, has of course, inspired a lot of feedback. There have been many tweets of agreement and sympathy but many, many more that have been challenging at the least, hostile and vitriolic at the worst.

    more here

    • Tafr

      Thank you Jason Alexander. Now it is time for our politicians to ask these questions. Once again there is no damn reason, for a civilian, to have a semi automatic. The freaks that are having kittens over that statement are idiots. I am willing to bet that a good majority of them never had to use a semi automatic. You know like police officers and the military men and women in Iraq and Afghanistan.

      • BoomerGal

        No politician is going to touch that with a ten foot pole. In an election year??!! I think you can forget that.

    • Well said, Mr. Alexander!

    • edp4bho

      Finally, someone publicly addressing the real meaning of the 2nd amendment, as I’ve always read it. A “well regulated militia”, not our next door neighbors. America really is illiterate.

  • Miranda

    Oh this will be fun!

    Report cited by Bachmann claims Norquist linked to Muslim Brotherhood

    Anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist helped the Muslim Brotherhood infiltrate the U.S. government, according to the report that Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) cited in an attack on top State Department aide Human Abedin.

    more here

    • Aquagranny911

      OMG! She is really losing it! “They are coming to take you away, Ha Ha…They are coming to take you away….”

      I would try to feel sorry for her but she has caused too much evil & grief plus I’m really not a nice person.

      • Tafr

        LOL AG I remember my mom playing that creepy song on her record player. hee hee hoo hoo to the funny farm! that song sums up crazy as Bachman to the letter.

      • edp4bho


    • goldenstar

      Hmmm, this may be one reason why so many Rethugs are trying to walk back her comments. This report that she is sourcing as truth calls out the almighty Grover. Many of these guys may not want to knock at that door.

      Give out the popcorn.

  • sagittarius

    Good afternoon, POU Fam

    This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

    Sending up prayers that Creator will make broken situations whole, heal the sick and comfort those in distress.

    • Aquagranny911

      AMEN! Your prayers are beautiful & heartfelt. Thank you for sharing them here with us.

    • edp4bho

      Thanks sagittarius, and we all surely need them. Bless you.

  • Alma98

    Good afternoon everyone.
    My stepfather was a connoisseur of the blues, he played them day and night.

  • Alma98


  • rikyrah

    There’s some pent-up demand in this particular political market
    By Kay July 22nd, 2012

    Frank Rich on the punditry lecturing the Obama campaign:

    David Brooks lamented that Obama’s negativity was “self-destructive” and left him “looking conventional.” Peggy Noonan gloated: “The president opened his campaign with a full-fledged assault on his opponent. This is a bad sign in an incumbent!”
    Try selling that wisdom to George W. Bush, an incumbent who started assaulting John Kerry with attack ads as early as March in 2004 rather than reprise his “compassionate conservative” campaign of 2000 (much of it in reality a dispassionate disemboweling of Al Gore). Or to Bill Clinton, who started twisting the shiv in Bob Dole in April 1996, never for a second worrying whether a sorrowful Sunday-morning talk-show pastor might ask, “What ever happened to the Man From Hope?” Those two incumbents both won, as it happened

    Every summer, there are a series of parades in the county where I live. The individual towns in the county coordinate schedules, and each town or village is allotted a certain Saturday for their parade. It’s the high school marching band, fire trucks, small business-themed floats, Girl Scouts, church groups, veterans groups and incumbent politicians or people running for office. This area is so overwhelmingly Republican that the county GOP don’t even bother entering a float. They simply have their incumbents drive the route in borrowed convertibles. The local Democrats do enter a float, however, and our statehouse candidate, John Vanover, borrowed the float and walked the route yesterday with his wife, Theresa:

    This particular town is a tough sell for Democrats. Theresa, John’s wife, has never been politically active and this was her first parade. She’s soft-spoken and she smiles a lot, just a generally quiet, calm person. John borrowed the Democratic float and got a driver and he and Theresa planned to walk beside the float and talk to people on the parade route. A few of us told John and Theresa we would meet them at the parade and walk with them, because many of us have….experienced this particular parade before and we figured they could use some moral support, particularly Theresa, who is new at this. I arrived about 5 minutes before the parade started and John and Theresa had decorated the float and were ready to go. I smiled when I saw that John had put this Obama picture on the float

    • conlakappa

      Brooks said it made the President look conventional? What greater convention could there be than acting as our nation’s standard bearer? Has Brooks still not gotten over his man-crush on the President and a desire to hang with the cool, handsome black guy? He really needs to hie away, raggedy teefus and all.

  • Miranda

    Well this is a really stupid idea…..out with your girls for dinner but before you drink that round of margaritas…you say “Ooo! lemme run to the ladies room and pee on a stick real quick to see if its ok!”…..who thought of this foolishness?

    Pregnancy test kits headed to Minnesota bars

    Pregnancy test kits could soon be available in the women’s restrooms of Minnesota bars and restaurants so that expectant mothers can avoid prenatal exposure to alcohol.

    more here

    • nellcote

      Sounds like a precursor to arresting women for “harming the fetus”.

    • But once the child is born, these same types of groups are no where around when the child is in need of proper health care, nutrition and education.

    • isonprize

      Having worked in public health for close to a decade, I always got blank stares when I asked why the definition of fetal alcohol syndrome only included the mother.

      Yes, I know that the baby develops in the mother’s womb, but if the sperm came from a drunk and/or alcoholic man, how do they know that it’s only the mother’s drinking that affected the baby?

      Not trying to play the “blame game” but I really think it’s a fair question.

  • Miranda

    So its not the first time…smh…just pitiful

    This isn’t even the first time that Romney has purchased Twitter followers. In August 2011, Peek You analyzed the Twitter accounts of all of the Republican presidential contenders, and found that only 26% of Mitt Romney’s followers were real people.

  • rikyrah

    when Halperin is whining, this means POTUS’ team is doing their job.

    that whole false equivalency BS – cause the GOP wasn’t getting anywhere with LYING about what the President said.

    Questions With No Answers
    By Mark Halperin | July 22, 2012

    Before the Aurora tragedy, the Democrats had momentum on Romney’s tax returns and the Republicans had momentum on the President’s line about infrastructure and building businesses.

    With Aurora likely to dominate the news for a long while and the Olympics and Romney’s overseas trip coming up, which side — if either — can revive their line of attack, soon or ever?

    And given the inability to drive an earned media negative message, does it make sense to keep at it on the paid TV ad side at this point?

    Read more:

  • rikyrah

    This Week in God
    By Steve Benen
    Sat Jul 21, 2012 9:00 AM EDT.

    First up from the God Machine this week is a look at a popular Republican governor, facing criticism from his own party because his administration had the audacity to hire a Muslim-American employee.

    At issue is Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam’s (R) decision to appoint Samar Ali as international director at the state’s Department of Economic and Community Development (ECD). Ali, a 30-year-old lawyer, is a former White House fellow who grew up in a small town in Tennessee, before getting undergraduate and law degrees from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, where she was student-body president. She’s also a Muslim.

    And for some Republican activists, that’s a problem. In fact, it’s such a problem, that several Republican Party county organizations have passed resolutions criticizing Haslam for hiring Ali, among other people the right doesn’t like.

    • conlakappa

      These people are just gross. In the next breath they’d unironically refer to the President as Hitler, totally not connecting the segregating-by-religion aspect of Der Führer with their own actions. Just gross. Well, not just ’cause it’s also stupid.

  • rikyrah

    July 22, 2012 1:06 PM
    Rich mom, poor mom in New York: a tale of two cities

    By Kathleen Geier

    Today’s New York Times has a really fascinating pair of articles that center on working women and how they balance their jobs and family lives. I’m pretty sure they weren’t meant to be read side by side, but doing so is an instructive exercise in compare-and-contrast.

    Article one amounts to one of the rich-people-porn pieces the Times Style section so often specializes in. Much of it concerns how high-powered women executives are able to take abbreviated maternity leaves if they choose to do so, because they have abundant resources to help with child care, and enough clout on the job to work from home or maintain somewhat flexible schedules:

    New parents with the financial means have solutions that others don’t when they have to answer to both a newborn and a boss. [Yahoo CEO] Ms. Mayer, for example, will be able to hire as many nannies and baby nurses as she needs. Ms. Sankar’s parents and in-laws are living in her home in Palo Alto, Calif.

    When Ivanka Trump flew to Miami on business eight days after giving birth to her daughter, Arabella, last summer, she rode in her father’s plane, returning late that night

    Compare this scenario with the one sketched in Gina Bellafante’s piece about the plight of low-wage workers in New York City.

    • conlakappa

      They had an article last weekend with the same theme and was on the front page. What was particularly striking was that the poor woman was white and had been in a messed-up relationship with/had kids by a black guy. They never wrote specifically that he was black, just the hellish nature of their interactions with each other starting when she was a teenager, but showed their kids. It give their frequent Mommy Wars stories an extra coded angle, IMO.

  • rikyrah

    Never Mind the Bubbly, Some Can’t Buy Groceries


    Published: July 21, 2012

    This past week had many New Yorkers indulging an amused horror over a curated set of images on the social-media site Tumblr titled “Rich Kids of Instagram.” Photographs, outlined in gilded frames, depict the summer-holiday excesses of young people for whom Y.M.C.A. camp was apparently never on the horizon. Several revelers pay tribute to their imbibing on noncommercial modes of transportation


    This, of course, is a highly dubious claim. Despite job growth in certain knowledge-class and service sectors, unemployment has been rising. On Thursday, the State Labor Department reported that the city’s unemployment rate climbed to 10 percent in June, exceeding the national figure by close to two percentage points. The unemployment rate in the city is now nearly twice what it was five years ago and has been running higher than the figures for Atlanta, Boston, Houston and Chicago.

    While it is indeed a very good time to be moving to New York with a Stanford M.B.A. and a business plan to create the Twitter of 2014 (as suggested by the barely post-adolescent tech entrepreneur Josh Miller when he stood next to the mayor at a press event in May), it is a far less auspicious moment to be someone who already lives here and is looking for cleaning work, say, in the offices of the Twitter of 2012.

    Since last month, Agustina Guillot and Lorena Ordonez, middle-aged immigrants living in New York, have been seeking jobs in the aftermath of being let go, with little explanation, by a company contracted by Con Edison to clean its headquarters in Union Square.

    It had taken Ms. Guillot five months to find the position last year, she told me, after she and her 23-year-old son were both laid off from factory jobs at an electronics manufacturer in New Jersey. Her son has been unable to find any work for 16 months.

  • rikyrah

    £13tn: hoard hidden from taxman by global elite

    A global super-rich elite has exploited gaps in cross-border tax rules to hide an extraordinary £13 trillion ($21tn) of wealth offshore – as much as the American and Japanese GDPs put together – according to research commissioned by the campaign group Tax Justice Network.

    James Henry, former chief economist at consultancy McKinsey and an expert on tax havens, has compiled the most detailed estimates yet of the size of the offshore economy in a new report, The Price of Offshore Revisited, released exclusively to the Observer.

    He shows that at least £13tn – perhaps up to £20tn – has leaked out of scores of countries into secretive jurisdictions such as Switzerland and the Cayman Islands with the help of private banks, which vie to attract the assets of so-called high net-worth individuals. Their wealth is, as Henry puts it, “protected by a highly paid, industrious bevy of professional enablers in the private banking, legal, accounting and investment industries taking advantage of the increasingly borderless, frictionless global economy”. According to Henry’s research, the top 10 private banks, which include UBS and Credit Suisse in Switzerland, as well as the US investment bank Goldman Sachs, managed more than £4tn in 2010, a sharp rise from £1.5tn five years earlier.

  • isonprize

    Here’s a little positivity for a laid back Sunday.

    A little boy leans over to kiss President Barack Obama during the Congressional picnic on the South Lawn of the White House, June 27, 2012 (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)..

    • conlakappa

      Very cute!

  • Miranda

    Evening thread is up!

  • rikyrah

    Maddow Blog’s Steve Benen Explains How Romney Is Taking His Cues From Fox News

  • rikyrah

    Media Matters Radio Illustrates How Fox News Plays Down Questions For Romney Over Bain Capital And Tax Returns