October 25, 2014

Sunday Open Thread: Mahalia!

Happy Sunday Morning Obots!

This is for all those attending Bedside Baptist this morning…a little Mahalia for the day!

Mahalia Jackson is viewed by many as the pinnacle of gospel music. Her singing began at the age of four in her church, the Plymouth Rock Baptist Church in New Orleans. Her early style blended the freedom and power of gospel with the stricter style of the Baptist Church. As a teenager, through her cousin’s aid, she was influenced by such famous singers as Bessie Smith, Ida Cox, Enrico Caruso and Ma Rainey, and her own style began to emerge into a more soulful expression.

Mahalia was the third child to John A. Jackson, a barber and preacher, and Charity Clark, who died at the age of 25 when Mahalia was four years old. In 1916, her father sent her to live with her aunt Mahalia “Duke” Paul. Aunt Duke didn’t allow secular music in her house, but Mahalia’s cousin would sneak in records. Even at a very young age, Mahalia had a booming voice and she would sing hymns and old-time gospel tunes around the house.

In 1927, at the age of 16, she moved to Chicago and found work as a domestic. But soon after, she found plenty of work as a soloist at churches and funerals after joining the Greater Salem Baptist Church choir. Her unique contralto voice caught the attention of many small churches from coast to coast. Larger, more formal churches frowned upon her energetic renditions of songs. After performing with the Prince Johnson Singers, she began recording for Decca Records in 1937. When the records did not sell as well as expected, she became a beautician. However, after five years of touring with composer Thomas A. Dorsey at gospel tents and churches, Mahalia’s popularity and success garnered her another record contract, this time with Apollo Records, from 1946 to 1954. She then switched to Columbia Records, from 1954 to 1967, where she attained broad recognition as a spiritual singer.

Throughout the 1950s, Mahalia’s voice was heard on radio, television and concert halls around the world. Her shows were packed in Europe, and her audience very enthusiastic at the 1957 Newport Jazz Festival, at a special all-gospel program she requested. In 1954, she began hosting her own Sunday night radio show for CBS. She performed on the Ed Sullivan show in 1956 where she catapulted gospel music into America’s mainstream. She sang for President Dwight Eisenhower and at John F. Kennedy’s inaugural ball in 1960.

From the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott until her death, Mahalia was very prominent in the Civil Rights Movement. Very close with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., she often performed at his rallies–even singing an old slave spiritual before his famous “I Have a Dream” speech at the March on Washington in 1963. She also sang at his funeral five years later.

A short clip of her singing at Dr. King’s funeral:

Despite her doctors ordering her to slow down, Mahalia refused and collapsed while on tour in Munich in 1971. She died of heart failure on January 27, 1972, at her home in Evergreen Park, Illinois.

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

    Mornin’ POU!

    Ms. Jackson’s “Trouble of the World” in Imitation of Life will make you do the ugly cry.

    • danadevin74

      GoodMorning
      You are so right that’s the only movie that can make me cry
      If you don’t atleast have tears well up you aren’t human

      • GreenLadyHere

        GOOD SUNDAY MORNTIN’ danadevin74. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        – – – -SPEAK da REALZ. :>) – -AMAN! annnd AMAN! :>)

        Good 2 C U. :>)

    • GreenLadyHere

      OOD SUNDAY MORNTIN’ Sepia — —**BIG HUG*** :>)

      – – – -WHEW LAWD — – YES!! :>) — -the “ugly cry”. Let da church say – –AMEN. – – -***one hand in da air***.

      – – – -Luved that movie. – — NO MORE – – -WEEPIN’ annnd WAILIN’. – – –

      Good 2 C U Sepia. :>)

    • lamh35

      Shit the whole last scene of Imitation of Life will make ya cry! That scene been re-enacted by ungrateful & unappreciative children at parents funerals evah since.

      • rikyrah

        If you’re a Black woman and can watch that scene without tears streaming down your face….

        I dunno who you are.

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

    The following shows that Susie Madrak is still a bitter PUMA.

    Are whites really voting against their own interests, or are we looking at a protest vote? Because with the exception of the auto industry bailout, I can’t think of much Obama’s administration has done to alleviate the economic pain of working class people. Did he push for an additional tier of unemployment benefits at a time when they were desperately needed? No, he did not. Did he do whatever he could to hold onto public sector jobs and thus keep the economy going? No. Again, he was much more concerned about Wall Street.

    When the banks came to steal their houses, did Obama stop them? Nope. In fact, his administration went to work to craft an agreement between states that they wouldn’t be prosecuted. Tim Geithner made sniffy comments about “moral hazard” and bent over to shine the shoes of the bankers. Did the administration really attempt to solve the housing crisis that devastated so many communities? No, they were too busy trying to prop up the zombie banks. Look at the disaster that was HARP.

    And this is before the Grand Bargain is even on their radar. When that happens, working class voters will never trust the Democrats again. Because Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are the grease in the wheels that make working class life work for extended families.

    MORE: http://crooksandliars.com/susie-madrak/why-are-struggling-white-voters-leani

    • Admiral_Komack

      Now, class, this is an example of a silly bitch.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Sepia – – – –GET OVA IT/HER – – -Susie – – – — SHE LOST!! – – – –

      Now come on into THIS – — WINNING 4 YEARS – -under MR. PRESIDENT!! – geesh!

      – – – -Annnd take a trip 2 – — -the WHDOTGOV 2 C what the “BLAH” PRESIDENT DID 4 U – –“WHITES”!! – – – –

      • conlakappa

        Seriously. Don’t be such a Susie Q.

    • danadevin74

      They will never get over it
      It’s personal to them they feel that they were wronged
      Don’t understand how this man came up and shut the Clinton’s down.
      It was supposed to be Hillary’s turn

      • http://winthemarket.com/the-spontaneous-healing-plan/ woody45

        That drives me nuts. They’re no better than the Romneys saying this is their time. Running for the Presidency is not owed to anyone. If it was Hillary’s turn the public would have chosen her no matter what PBO did. This ain’t bowling night.

        I’m telling you some of these PL’s are more delusional than birtherites.

      • trose1

        U nailed it, exactly

    • rikyrah

      Because certain White folks have voted against their own economic interests -FOR GENERATIONS.

      Clinging to that WHITENESS above all else.

      Black folks do NOT have a history of voting against their own interests.

      • gc

        There overriding interest IS making the Black POTUS disappear. “Clinging to their whiteness” – such a cogent turn of a phrase.

      • Ebogan63

        But, according to Madrak, clinging to their whitness=’protest vote’ because all you poutragers are all about is protest hustle, not winning elections.

        Soc. Sec, et all were never ‘on the table’ Carney confirmed that rumour was just that.She just needs to say she and all of these f’ing PUMA’s have a prob. with a black president and be done with it.

    • http://winthemarket.com/the-spontaneous-healing-plan/ woody45

      (Sigh) Where to begin? How many times has this President gotten Congress to extend unemployment benefits? They currently go until the end of this year.

      For 26 consecutive months the private sector has had positive job growth. Over 800,000 this year alone and overall 4.2 million jobs during PBO term.

      The overwhelming majority of public sector job losses come from…wait for it… the States. Is she trashing Governors like Scott, Kasich, Snyder and Walker?

      Only in Madrak’s world that a mortgage deal worked out by state’s attorneys and banks is doing nothing. And for the umpteenth time what the banks did was unethical and sleazy but it was not illegal. To attempt to put them on trial would be a huge waste of taxpayer dollars. And the administration has made and continues to make serious efforts to solve the housing crisis. As many of the stats indicate things appear to be stabilizing.

      Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid have been taken off the table as documented thanks to the debt limit deal last time. When the Bush tax cuts expire there is a 4.5 trillion dollar revenue stream waiting.

      I’ll skip the usual and completely bogus attacks on Tim Geitner. When in doubt grab a 2009 PL talking point and hope nobody notices.

      See this is a classic case of the PL handing the right wing not only the talking points but the marching orders that go with it. And again there’s that little issue of not holding Congress responsible. I’m surprised she didn’t blame PBO for Guantanamo still being open. Or is that next week’s post?

      And they wonder why nobody in actual Democratic circles takes them seriously. Hillary lost. Get over it!!

      • vulcan_girl

        And not one peep about states taking the mortgage settlement money and using for everything BUT mortgages.

      • conlakappa

        Folks like her on not going with the facts. Just emotion and buzzwords. You know, what the claim Obots do. She would not be able to handle your multi-paragraphed rebuttal because, finally, to her and hers, it comes down to “neener, neener, he is the suxxor!”

    • aleth

      I told you… this election is about white peple. is your racism more important than economics? this lady is rationalizing racism

    • dannie22

      Um. Susie…the President is not your boyfriend. So please, sit down and shut up. No really…have a seat.

    • Miranda

      I hope people called this PUMA bitchassness out on twitter.

    • Camille

      Kindly fuck off Susie Madrak whoever the heck you are.

  • GreenLadyHere
  • GreenLadyHere

    GOOD SUNDAY MORNTIN’ miranda – -***BIG HUG*** :>)

    – -REP. Debbie – – -will b goin’ 2 Wisconsin on Tuesday. She is on with – —

    “CREEPY CRAWLEY”.<- – – -I! CAIN'T STAND HER!!!! – – -SAAAA-LAP!! – –

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – – – -THIS PIC!!—AWWWW. :>)—–

    THANK U MR. PRESIDENT. :>) – – -

    • danadevin74

      GoodMorning GreenLadyHere:)

      She’s like why is this man writing on my paper?LOL

      • GreenLadyHere

        LOL danadevin74. – — -I KNOW – -HUH. :>)

        FORTUNATELY – –She will live 2 APPRECIATE WHO HE IS/WAS. :>)

        Annnnd – –SHE WILL FRAME THIS!! :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – – – -GOOD EDUCTIONAL NEWS – – – –

    – – -For-profit school coalition retreating from K Street lobbying – – –

    – – – -A prime player in the debate over for-profit schools has pulled back on its lobbying campaign.

    The Coalition for Educational Success, an alliance of several for-profit schools, has parted ways with a number of lobby shops. The drawdown in K Street wattage comes after the Education Department offered a changed “gainful employment” rule last year that had originally stoked the for-profit school industry’s ire but was later weakened in its final form, according to supporters of stronger regulation.

    Penny Lee, the coalition’s managing director, told The Hill that in early 2012, the group decided not to ask its member companies to contribute further to its lobbying program.

    “We just shifted emphasis. We suspended lobbying activities and didn’t ask for further resources,” Lee said.

    Instead, the coalition shifted its attention towards the Foundation for Educational Success, an affiliated non-profit group, to promote and implement a set of self-regulating standards for the for-profit school sector.
    THERE IS MORE.

    READ THIS – – – -teh WILLARD!! – – -U R LOSIN’ – — ON YOUR — -EDUCATIONAL PLAN!! – – – -HAH! :>)

    • nellcote

      because “self-regulation” is soooooooooo effective. NOT

    • conlakappa

      And one of the main players is Kaplan, which is owned by WashPost and the only moneymaker in the stable, a disclosure that should be made in at least every article about the Department of Ed. That rag is not an uninterested party in the fortunes of the Administration.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY conlakappa.

        Maybe THIS has some relevance – – – —

        – – – – -For-Profit Education Firm Kaplan Is 14th Company to Dump ALEC – – – –

        KAPLAN – – -trynta – – – -LOOK LIKE it’s —-ERASIN’ ITS BOARD – – –CLEAN? – – -HAH!!

        Good 2 C U – -:>)

        • conlakappa

          14th?! Not exactly blazing the trail, was it? Kaplan? Please. But, yep, huge moneymaker for the Post, something which is rarely brought up by the company.

          • GreenLadyHere

            LOL – – – -Draggin’ in at – –14th! :>) – —

            TRUTH!! :>) I KNOW – – -HUH? :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – – – -“WHERE there is NO VISION – – -the PEOPLE PERISH</i – – –

    — — -Mitt Romney not into ‘vision thing’ – —

    – – – -Mitt Romney has made it clear what he’s against.

    What he’d be for as president is another question.

    The presumptive GOP nominee has some Republicans worried he lacks the “vision thing” that has hurt previous presidential candidates and haunted George H.W. Bush in his quest to succeed Ronald Reagan.

    Some GOP officials fear that their nominee for president has so far failed to articulate a clear and compelling plan for the country if he defeats President Barack Obama in November. Instead of framing his ideas in a positive and specific way — like some of his GOP primary challengers — they say Romney must stop solely running a defensive campaign that leaves voters without a clear idea of where he stands.

    “I don’t know what he’ll do on anything,” Club for Growth President Chris Chocola told POLITICO. “And that’s, that’s the concern that people have always had is, you don’t truly understand what Mitt Romney is going to do.”
    THERE IS MORE.

    LOL – — HE has – — NO VISION!! HAH!

    — -[Gotta "bounce". MISSIN' U♥] –

    • rikyrah

      the only vision he has is that HE should be President, because he’s a rich, White man.

      that’s it.

      • GreenLadyHere

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

        LOL. THAT’S actually closer 2 a – – – -NIGHTMARE!! – –

        Have a good day. :>)

      • nathkatun7

        Totally nailed it, rikyrah!

  • caribbeanobserver

    Pleasant Morning Ms Green- here’s one for you and the POU warriors.
    http://pleasecutthecrap.typepad.com/main/2012/05/cut-you-strings-stop-being-puppets.html

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

  • gc

    I know many of you were annoyed at the idea of tourists in these churches. But I LOVE this music. My hunch is I would feel at home in a Baptist church.

    Now I will wait for the chills to dissipate – the result of the clip at MLK’s funeral.

    • Miranda

      That clip IS so MOVING. Her voice was incredible.

  • rikyrah

    anyone want to tweet Ro-Ro as to why he’s doing bullshyt shows now?

    ….will it be another summer where the most current news will not be on TVOne on Sunday?

    The other Sunday shows have substitutes when the regular hosts go on vacation?

    So, while the most current events will be shown on the other networks, it’s nada on his show.

    What…Ro-Ro afraid that a substitute host will be more popular than him?

    • Miranda

      What happened on Washington Watch today??

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

    EXCLUSIVE: Florida Telling Hundreds Of Eligible Citizens That They Are Ineligible To Vote

    By Judd Legum on May 27, 2012 at 10:44 am

    Florida Governor Rick Scott (R) has ordered the state to purge all “non-citizens” from the voting rolls prior to November’s election. But that list compiled by the Scott administration is so riddled with errors that, in Miami-Dade County alone, hundreds of U.S. citizens are being told they are ineligible to vote, ThinkProgress has learned exlusively.

    According to data from the Miami-Dade County Supervisor of Elections obtained by ThinkProgress:

    – 1638 people in Miami-Dade County were flagged by the state as “non-citizens” and sent letters informing them that they were ineligible to vote.

    – Of that group, 359 people have subsquently provided the county with proof of citizenship.

    – Another 26 people were identified as U.S. citizens directly by the county.

    – The bulk of the remaining 1200 people have simply not responded yet to a letter sent to them by the Supervisor of Elections.

    MORE: http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/05/27/491012/exclusive-florida-ineligible-to-vote/

    • Miranda

      Yeah, that voter suppression all around the country is a real bummer, but the concern should be a recall in WI to save the same people who put Scott Walker in office in the first place.

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

    Anti-African street violence surges in Israel

    Reuters reports — Surging street violence against African migrants in Israel, including a rampage that an Israeli broadcaster dubbed a “pogrom”, drew statements of empathy for the rioters as well as censure from the government on Thursday.

    Waving Israeli flags and chanting “Deport the Sudanese”, residents of a low-income Tel Aviv neighborhood where many of the border-jumpers from Eritrea, Sudan and South Sudan live held a march late Wednesday that turned violent.

    Police said 20 people were arrested for assault and vandalism. Trash cans were set alight, storefront windows were broken and a crowd attacked an African driving through the area, breaking his car’s windows. No serious injuries were reported.

    MORE: http://photoblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/05/25/11877066-anti-african-street-violence-surges-in-israel?fb_ref=.T8ILZI9RVC4.like&fb_source=home_oneline

  • rikyrah

    Obama Has a Mean Streak and He Turned It on Romney This Week
    by Lloyd Grove May 26, 2012 4:45 AM EDT
    The president, for all his cool, has a mean streak—just ask Hillary Clinton—and this week he turned it on Mitt Romney, writes Lloyd Grove.

    Never mind “cow pie of distortion”—President Obama’s earthy attack on Mitt Romney that dominated the headlines Thursday night from his barn-burner at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.

    The psychological heart of Obama’s campaign speech was “prairie fire of debt,” the phrase that set up his scatological punch line.

    “I know Gov. Romney came to Des Moines last week,” the shirt-sleeved, sweating Obama told a crowd of fervent supporters. “Warned about a ‘prairie fire of debt.’ That’s what he said. ‘Prairie fire.’ But he left out some facts. You know, his speech was more like a cow pie of distortion.”

    Taken at face value, the president was simply quoting his Republican opponent to buttress his argument that Romney’s economic proposals were nothing but a throwback to George W. Bush’s disastrous policies that produced financial meltdown and a near-depression.

    But there was something darker and sharper lurking just below the surface, in Obama’s facial expressions, body language, and mocking tone of voice: Not to put too fine a point on it, but the president has a mean streak.

    “He does have a very biting side to him, which he inherited from his mother,” said Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer David Maraniss, whose much-anticipated Barack Obama: The Story will be published next month. The late Ann Dunham “could be very sarcastic, but she never addressed it to people who were vulnerable,” Maraniss continued. “Obama has got that style that comes out when he’s in combat or competitive.”

    Let’s return to the “prairie fire” moment, around 28 minutes into the videotape of Obama’s speech. The president’s tone drips with sarcasm, especially when he shouts the phrase “prairie fire!,” raising his left arm in mock-alarm, and punctuates the gesture with a suppressed giggle.

    It’s not difficult to interpret the thrust of Obama’s non-verbal communication: Romney, Obama would have us believe, is not only awkward and uncool but a comically clumsy panderer who uses crudely calculated rhetoric to appeal to whomever he imagines he’s trying to woo.

    University of Virginia political science professor Larry Sabato said it reminded him of the Saturday Night Live skit during the 1988 presidential campaign, in which Jon Lovitz—playing a smoothly articulate Michael Dukakis in a debate with Dana Carvey’s panicked, tongue-tied George H.W. Bush—sighs in exasperation, “I can’t believe I’m losing to this guy.”

    In Iowa, Obama “was on an eye-roll—which is what the cool kids always do,” Sabato went on. “They eye-rolled at me a lot when I was in Catholic school and it still hurts after all these decades.”

    There was a similar moment earlier in the fairgrounds speech, around 15 minutes in, when Obama quoted Romney’s notorious observation that “corporations are people.” “‘Human beings, my friends’—that’s what he said,” Obama added, doing a naughty Romney impression.

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/05/26/obama-has-a-mean-streak-and-he-turned-it-on-romney-this-week.html

    • rikyrah

      so, now, the President is hurting Willard’s fee-fees?

      G-T-F-O-H with this bullshyt

      they can’t get him on the Angry Black Man…

      so, now, he’s the Mean Black Man.

      f-you

      • gc

        Another Fuck you, haters.

        • http://winthemarket.com/the-spontaneous-healing-plan/ woody45

          Grove must have wrote that from under his bed with the door locked. He’s shaking with fear. Bozo.

      • caribbeanobserver

        Doesn’t matter how they try to paint him….the people, and the world know better. Plus Mitt deserves every it of it.

    • caribbeanobserver

      Good for him! Soooooooo glad that he turned it on ‘the Flitt’. These MSM fools sure are a bunch of whiny wimps. Yep Mitt likes to give,but he sure can’t take!

    • goldenstar

      Ain’t no mean streak. It’s called truth telling. Dang, these folks lost all perspective.

    • conlakappa

      Lloyd Grove: former WashPost gossip columnist who was lured to NY by huge bucks is now a Beastie and presidential scholar? Who knew.

    • Admiral_Komack

      HE’S BLACK, BLACK, BLACKETTY BLACK…AND HE’S MEAN!
      BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

      I’m Barack Obama, and I approved this message.

    • Aquagranny911

      FU Lloyd Grove! If you really want to see someone with a “mean streak” come visit me.

    • nathkatun7

      What’s wrong with these media people? According to these so called media people, telling the Truth about Romney by President Obama=mean streak, while Romney’s campaign, based on lies and character assassination of the President (e.g. calling the President an appeaser), is simply ignored as being politics as usual. I don’t even know why I still refer to these people as media people. So far as I am concerned, most of the media in the U.S. act as GOP and Romney’s propaganda machine. They have absolutely no credibility!

      • Aquagranny911

        Hola, Nath this reminds me of Harry Truman who said:

        “I didn’t give them hell. I just told them the truth and they thought that was hell.”

        I don’t see you much. Are you doing OK? I’m going to be away next week to help the guy here who is running for Gabby Gifford’s vacant seat. It’s going to be a tough one because the Repug has lots of $$ but we have boots on the ground. Wish us luck!

        • nathkatun7

          Hola Aquagranny, Thank you for asking.Things have been a bit tough, but I am doing a bit better now, though not yet 100%. I had tough losses in my family, first in January and then again three weeks ago. Previously, I had also been sick with a stubborn sinus infection and a cough that wouldn’t go away.On top of that my old computer completely crushed. So it’s been an uphill battle trying to re-focus. As soon as I got a new computer two weeks ago I started visiting here though I didn’t comment much. I also still visit TPV and TOD.

          From what i’ve been reading you seem to be disillusioned about TOD. I hope you reconsider because there are still good people there who passionately support the President.

          Good luck on trying help the guy to replace Gabby. As you know we are neighbors and though I can’t be on the ground I certainly can make some phone calls. So let me know if you guys need some phone calling support. I will also try to check in with my local SD OFA to see if they are doing anything to support you.

    • Camille

      Seriously, this has to be the most ridiculous piece of shit ever.

  • rikyrah

    maybe it’s my cynicism, but I don’t believe if she was WHITE, she would be placed in jail.

    ………………………………………………

    Honor student placed in jail for tardiness and truancy at school

    A judge threw a 17-year-old 11th grade honor student from Willis High School in jail after she missed school again.

    Judge Lanny Moriarty said last month Diane Tran was in his Justice of the Peace court for truancy and he warned her then to stop missing school. But she recently missed classes again so Wednesday he issued a summons and had her arrested in open court when she appeared.

    Tran said she works a full-time job, a part-time job and takes advanced placement and dual credit college level courses. She said she is often too exhausted to wake up in time for school. Sometimes she misses the entire day, she said. Sometimes she arrives after attendance has been taken.

    The judge ordered Tran to spend 24 hours in jail and pay a $100 fine. Judge Moriarty admitted that he wants to make an example of Tran.

    “If you let one (truant student) run loose, what are you gonna’ do with the rest of ‘em? Let them go too?” Judge Moriarty asked.

    Tran said she is working so hard because she is helping to support an older brother who attends Texas A&M University and a baby sister who lives with relatives in Houston. Tran said her parents divorced “out of the blue” and both moved away, leaving her in Willis. Her mother lives in Georgia, she said.

    “I always thought our family was happy,” the teen said tearfully.

    Tran lives with the family of one of her employers. They own a wedding venue. She works at the Vineyard of Waverly Manor on weekends and at a dry cleaners full time.

    “She goes from job to job, from school she stays up ‘til 7 o’clock in the morning,” said her friend, co-worker and classmate Devin Hill.

    http://www.khou.com/video/yahoo-video/Honor-Student-Jailed-for-Absences-153847275.html

    • rikyrah

      People across the country offer help to honor student jailed for truancy

      People across the country have expressed their support for the Willis honor student sent to jail Wednesday night for missing too much school.

      Diane Tran is often exhausted because she works a full time job, a part time job, and takes honors classes at Willis High. She is trying to support a brother in college and a little sister who lives with relatives. Her parents divorced and moved away.

      Tran stood alone before Judge Lanny Moriarty Wednesday.

      “Now this girl’s got a record, which could hamper her later in life,” said KHOU viewer David Byrne of the Woodlands. “My immediate reaction was there’s something wrong here, so that’s when I got in touch with you guys.”

      Judge Moriarty is off on Fridays so he has not made a decision as to whether he will throw the case out.

      “I hadn’t thought on that issue because it turns me, ‘Well, he’s soft. He’s not gonna do nothing.’ I’m taking off at 11:30 today,” said the judge.

      Tran says her future could be greatly hampered. She may want to be a doctor some day.

      Many people expressed their outrage on Facebook.

      http://www.khou.com/home/People-across-the-country-offer-help-to-honor-student-jailed-for-truancy-154235505.html

    • Miranda

      That judge has no soul.

    • nathkatun7

      What? This judge needs to step down. What Judge Moriarty did to this teenager is not justice. It’s, in my opinion, gross injustice.

  • rikyrah

    May 27, 2012
    Mitt Romney’s ‘Vision’ deficit

    Ronald Reagan’s presidential idol, Calvin Coolidge, would have been appalled that Mitt Romney, as Politico reports, “has some Republicans worried he lacks the ‘vision thing.’ ”

    “Excellent,” the former vice president to steady-as-she-goes President Normalcy would have said. ” ‘Vision’ implies not only big and boat-rocking ideas, but even utopian aspirations, and those are things that no conservative leader would care to abide, let alone peddle.”

    On the other hand Coolidge’s apostate worshipper, President Reagan, would have joined the chorus of Republican hand-wringers about Romney. Reagan went to the White House not to modestly conserve, but to aggressively lay waste to the problem-solving bloat of big government (that he instead bloated it even further is a different subject). He was endowed with a “vision”–it’s all rather a blur now, but to voters it essentially entailed manly and highly individualistic cowpokes (still packin’ Social Security cards) singin’ by the campfire as futuristic space guns protected the whole idyllic scene.

    For conservatives, “Vision” had arrived and was planning a lengthy stay. If one requires confirmation of that revolutionary turn, just recall the conservative trouble into which H.W. got for lacking the damn thing.

    Yet Bush’s lack was congenital: he was born a conservative and raised with authentically conservative ideas–pragmatism and empiricism and all that. Reagan, however, came to conservatism later in life and through its increasingly whacky filters of an unstoppable socialist Frankenstein monster intent, for instance, on forcing humble villagers into the Stalinist gulag of Medicare.

    Things got so out of hand that Poppy had to swear to the base that he would never as president do the empirically right and pragmatically smart thing–raise taxes when taxes needed raising–which of course he later did, which of course cost him his job, and which of course then set conservatism’s permanent course of fiscal lunacy.

    And just what is this venomous lunacy called? You got it. “Vision.” And Mitt, you best get yourself some of it, of an additionally lunatic sort, because your base is on a kind of Robespierrean-Bolshevik-Cultural-Revolutionary rampage which demands constant feedings of fresh lunacy.

    http://pmcarpenter.blogs.com/p_m_carpenters_commentary/2012/05/mitt-romneys-vision-deficit.html

  • rikyrah

    May 26, 2012
    Dionne, me, and the consensus school

    I see that E.J. Dionne’s embrace of what is known among American historiographers as the “consensus school” has become as fragile as mine:


    [U]ntil recently conservatives operated within America’s long consensus that accepted a market economy as well as a robust role for a government that served the common good. American politics is now roiled because this consensus is under the fiercest attack it has faced in more than 100 years.

    Such things cause shifts in historical perspective. The relatively peaceful and prosperous postwar era–that in which the consensus school thrived, and to which I have always been intellectually if not anachronistically wedded–helped to instill in the chroniclers of American history their view of American history. Think of it as classically Eisenhoweresque: we were, and always had been, one big family of millions, replete with every family’s heated squabbles and bubbling discontents; but by and large we got along–we compromised, we cooperated, we all, in our own little ways, accepted the realization of the American Dream as a worthwhile hope to pursue. The consensus school was far from unimpeachable, but that was OK. Reconciling its flaws kept a lot of historians employed–and published.

    At any rate, it is obvious that this is also the school out of which came Dionne. And he has a question:

    So why has this consensus unraveled?

    To which he answers:

    Modern conservatism’s rejection of its communal roots [once grounded in the American consensus] is a relatively recent development. It can be traced to a simultaneous reaction against Bush’s failures and Barack Obama’s rise.

    But (and historians, like lawyers, love to say “But”) here we encounter the additionally tricky question of periodization. That is, can conservatism’s wholesale philosophical collapse really be compartmented into such a narrowly recent slice of history?–that pre-Bush and even throughout Bush there was “conservatism,” yet post-Bush, there wasn’t?

    I’m skeptical of Dionne’s op-ed tidiness, which I won’t pursue critically, since I’m also sure that in his book on the subject (Our Divided Political Heart–which I haven’t yet read), he has taken advantage of greater explanatory room to run in. Which is my way of saying I’m confident that Dionne would not disagree: there’s something about today’s misnomered “conservatism” that is creepily similar to the far right of the New Deal era, the far right of the postwar era, the far right of the Goldwater era and the far right of the 1970s New Right, and beyond.

    Conservatism today is, in brief, the far right of consensus-historian Richard Hofstadter’s “paranoid style,” a well-known political neologism that sprang from his still-circulating work but is tied thematically to another of his less-read works today–his New Deal chapter in The Age of Reform, in which Hofstadter brilliantly reduces conservatism’s anti-New Dealism to a frothing, hysterical reaction rooted in an ideological shift to essential indifference to human tribulation and remedial, pragmatic experimentation.

    Conservatism’s principal difference today from that of its anti-New Deal manifestation is that, as the cliche roughly goes, its paranoid psychotics are running the asylum. However there is continuity, which is elemental to the consensus school of historical thought. So take heart, E.J. Our old-school perspective isn’t toast yet.

    http://pmcarpenter.blogs.com/p_m_carpenters_commentary/2012/05/dionne-me-and-the-consensus-school.html

  • rikyrah

    Friday, May 25, 2012
    The political meta story that is being missed

    We can add a new name to the list of conservatives who have parted ways with the wingnut takeover of the Republican Party. The list already includes former Republican administration officials David Frum and Bruce Bartlett; former Republican Congressional staffer Mike Lofgren; and former legislators like Chuck Hagel.

    The latest entry to the list is Michael Fumento who wrote a scathing critique in Salon about the extremist’s takeover of the current conservative agenda.

    The last thing hysteria promoters want is calm, reasoned argument backed by facts. And I’m horrified that these people have co-opted the name “conservative” to scream their messages of hate and anger.

    One of my reactions when I read about this kind of thing is to wonder whether or not these people represent many other conservatives who are equally disgusted with the current nonsense coming from their side of the political spectrum. Given what we saw happen to Senator Lugar recently, I doubt we’ll be hearing much of anything like that from Republicans who are currently in office or running for re-election. But I have to believe that the folks on this list represent many other conservatives who might not have a public voice, but are nevertheless wondering WTH has happened to their party.

    This, to me, is the meta story about what is happening in our politics today. Its what future historians will be writing about these times we’re living in. Centrists pundits like Thomas Mann and Norm Ornstein finally said it – but not many folks are paying attention.

    Instead we get crap like the story in Politico today, pundits who simply follow the electoral horse race and say over and over again what a tight race the 2012 election is going to be, and liberals screaming about every crack in the Democratic message while ignoring the ongoing deep fissures on the right.

    There are definitely times that, as I watch all this unfold, I feel like I’m living in another parallel universe to the one so many pundits (both paid and armchair) are seeing. But I know that my eyes are not deceiving me. Ornstein and Mann are right – the Republicans are currently in the grasp of a faction that is having ONE BIG HISSY FIT and a few brave souls from their ranks are standing up to say so. The country is still nervous about our economic future. And President Obama is calmly but surely showing us the way FORWARD.

    by Smartypants

    http://immasmartypants.blogspot.com/2012/05/political-meta-story-is-being-missed.html

    • http://winthemarket.com/the-spontaneous-healing-plan/ woody45

      Okay so what are they going to do about it? Republicans for Obama? Go around the country and tell people how important it is for Dems to win in a route? These hand wringing confessionals are tired. Particularly because there’s nothing to back it up.

    • Aquagranny911

      “Brave souls” my rear end! These are folks with nothing to lose. Lets see some stand up with more on the table. Repugnants are circling the drain no matter what MSM tries to tell us. Personally, as soon as we can flush most of them down with a good dose of Draino, the happier I will be.

      • Camille

        Amen.

    • Camille

      David Frum? Yeah right! The bastard is still very much part of the mess. He just wants a lead role so he can once again have an “axis of evil” fake moment to boast about.

  • rikyrah

    Willard Romney’s Accidental Truth Slips Out
    By Charles P. Pierce
    at 8:15AM

    Chris Hayes caught this first, and he was chatting it up with kindly Doc Maddow last night, but, as near as I can tell, it has otherwise dropped down the holiday news well, never to be seen again. During Mark Halperin’s extended Tiger Beat session with Willard Romney, the following exchange took place:

    Halperin: Why not in the first year, if you’re elected — why not in 2013, go all the way and propose the kind of budget with spending restraints, that you’d like to see after four years in office? Why not do it more quickly?

    Romney: Well because, if you take a trillion dollars for instance, out of the first year of the federal budget, that would shrink GDP over 5%. That is by definition throwing us into recession or depression. So I’m not going to do that, of course.

    Now, as it readily admits, the blog’s knowledge of economics is limited to the blog’s first law of economics — Fk The Deficit. People Got No Jobs. People Got No Money — and it also believes that most professional economists arrive at their conclusions by reading the entrails of doves and cutting up goats on a rock, so it may be wrong here, but didn’t Romney, in saying that, pretty much blow up the entire rationale for over 30 years of Republican economics right there? Cutting government spending will throw us into a recession or depression? No Christmas cards from the Ryan household this year, Willard.

    That this remarkable moment sailed over Halperin’s head and lodged in the wall behind him goes without saying.

    Read more: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/mitt-romney-government-spending-9146518#ixzz1w5qP888V

    • Admiral_Komack

      WILLARD ROMNEY:
      He flips, he flops.

    • http://winthemarket.com/the-spontaneous-healing-plan/ woody45

      So in other words once again Romney agrees with The President. He also seems to acknowledge in the same breath that the economy is getting better since he admits doing what Ayn Ryan wants would throw the economy into reverse.

      The only thing missing from that answer was “I’m Barack Obama and I approve this message.”

  • rikyrah

    Hispanics, Democrats biggest groups on Florida’s list of potential noncitizen voters, analysis shows

    By Marc Caputo and Patricia Mazzei, Miami Herald
    In Print: Sunday, May 13, 2012

    Hispanic, Democratic and independent-minded voters are the most likely to be targeted in a state hunt to remove thousands of noncitizens from Florida’s voting rolls, a Miami Herald computer analysis of elections records has found.

    Whites and Republicans are disproportionately the least-likely to face the threat of removal, the analysis of a list of more than 2,600 potential noncitizens shows. The list was first compiled by the state and furnished to county election supervisors and then the Herald.

    The numbers change by the day. The state’s Division of Elections says it initially identified roughly 180,000 potential noncitizens by performing a search of a computer database that doesn’t have the most-updated information.

    About 58 percent of those identified as potential noncitizens are Hispanics, Florida’s largest ethnic immigrant population. They make up just 13 percent of the overall 11.3 million active registered voters.

    Those who have been flagged as potential noncitizens by the state are being contacted by county election supervisors. Many legitimate voters aren’t happy with what they see as a needless hassle from a government using bad data.

    “I’m upset, because if someone is an American citizen, it is his right to vote. How can they be asking for this?” said Juan Artabe, a 41-year-old Democrat from Cuba who said he became a citizen in 2009.

    http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/national/hispanics-democrats-biggest-groups-on-floridas-list-of-potential/1229860

    • goldenstar

      Oh, dear, now what is Marco Rubio gonna do? That means a bunch of his R-voting Cuban-Americans could get rounded up in this flagging.

      Ha, ha, ha!

  • nellcote

    First Lady gives a peek behind the scenes in People magazine interview

    First Lady gives a peek behind the scenes in People magazine interview

    “We have a ritual where he tucks me in, because I’m usually in bed before anybody,” the First Lady spilled. “He’ll come and turn the lights out and give me a kiss, and we’ll talk. He’s like, Ready to be tucked? I’m like, Yes I am.'”

    The First Lady also talked about her husband’s penchant for singing – a fact that should come as no surprise to most Americans, as President Obama has made headlines on more than one occassion with an impromptu outburst of song. (The president’s repetoire includes Al Green’s ‘Let’s Stay Together,’ LMFOA’s ‘Sexy And I Know It’ and the classic, ‘Sweet Home Chigaco.’)

    Barack loves to sing around the house, too, the First Lady told People.

    “He loves it in the shower in the morning, sings to the kids,” she said. “But it’s not a song. He’ll sing one line of something romantic or cute. Oh yes.”

    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/president-obama-tucks-michelle-night-michelle-article-1.1085098#ixzz1w6omaKEj

    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/president-obama-tucks-michelle-night-michelle-article-1.1085098#ixzz1w6oeDI28

    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/president-obama-tucks-michelle-night-michelle-article-1.1085098#ixzz1w6oCF35j
    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/president-obama-tucks-michelle-night-michelle-article-1.1085098#ixzz1w6oCF35j

    • danadevin74

      AAAWWW that’s so sweet;)

      • Admiral_Komack

        Maureen Dowd is seething and bitter, clutching her powerless vibrator.

        • lamh35

          it way to early in the week for u to be in the bad chair AK…but off you go..lol

          • Admiral_Komack

            What I’d do?

          • GreenLadyHere

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

            LOL – –SERIOUSLY!!?? – —

            Th REAL QUESTION – -WHAT di-ent U DO? LOL.

            Luv your HUMOR. :>)

            Good 2 C U. :>)

        • Alma98

          LOL! You so wrong for that, I’m with lamh off to the lounge you go.

          • Admiral_Komack

            Who, me?

          • Alma98

            Yeah you. lol

        • Miranda

          You know you going straight there! LMAO_____

        • danadevin74

          Maureen Dowd and a vibrator
          I don’t think they even make the kind she needs

          • GreenLadyHere

            LOL danadevin74.- –LOL

            Please NOTE that I di-ent post a graphic annnd say- —YA MEAN- —LIKE THIS? LOL. :>)

        • nathkatun7

          Why powerless? She can’t buy any replacement batteries any where?

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

      Jodi Kantor and Genevieve Cook weep.

      • rikyrah

        as does Maureen Dowd

        • conlakappa

          While Peggy Noonan thinks that isn’t something Dutch would do… And Andy Card says it’s unpresidential. So many clowns, so few clown cars.

          • rikyrah

            you kidding with me?

            they really commented on it?

          • conlakappa

            Yes, I was kidding, following the same format as with preceding comments. But we know it is imaginable and what either would say if given a microphone and a spotlight. Neither rotten songbird is likely to change his or her tune.

          • nathkatun7

            “And Andy Card says it’s unpresidential”

            Card was not being totally honest. What he actually meant to say was: “A Black guy has no business being President of the U. S. of A.” Otherwise, why didn’t Andy complain when his boss, Dubya, was out there dancing, of all places, in Africa; or when Bill Clinton was out jamming on his saxophone? The nerve of these people who assume that all of us are afflicted with amnesia.

          • conlakappa

            In truth, he didn’t say that about this First Couple’s recent revelation but we know he said it about the President being in shirtsleeves while sitting in the Oval Office. His vapors were so deep that I am surprised enough smelling salts could be supplied to get him out of them. It was the first “he isn’t good enough” falsehood that was pushed. That photos of all other President’s doing the same didn’t matter. The story was already out there.

    • GreenLadyHere

      HEEY nellcote: – – – -***BIG HUG** :>)

      – – – -***reading this with hands coverin’ – – —ONE EYE! LOL.

      – — –***Awwwww. :>) – – – -BEYOND SWEET! :>) – –

      THANK U 4 sharin’. :>)

      Good 2 C U. :>)

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  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – – — -OooKaay. – —WATCHN’ THIS – —

    – – -Wasserman Schultz iffy on Wis. – says it’s ‘dry run’ for Obama – — –

    – — -Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who is headed up to Wisconsin to help boost the chances of Democrat Tom Barrett against Gov. Scott Walker, isn’t exactly brimming with confidence that the Milwaukee mayor can pull it out.

    But she thinks it’s great for President Barack Obama’s campaign, which now holds a narrow lead in the state after leading Republican rival Mitt Romney by double digits through much of the spring.

    “We have put our considerable grassroots resources behind [Barrett], all of the Obama for America and state party resources,” Wasserman Schultz said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “I think what’s going to happen, because of our on-the-ground operation, we’ve had an opportunity in this election … to give this a test run. … Ultimately, I think Tom Barrett will pull this out, but regardless, it’s given the Obama for America operation an opportunity to do a dry run that we need.”

    – – -UPDATE: DWS tweeted to clarify: “Let me be clear & direct: I will be in WI to raise $ & for GOTV push [because Barrett is] well positioned to win…”
    THERE IS MORE.

    The GOTV mantra SHOULD – – -B emphasized – – -4 –NOV! – —

    • Aquagranny911

      I’m getting a little pissed, well a lot pissed that somehow this recall election in WI is a be all & end all for PBO. I call that BS. The people of Wisconsin will either vote out this goatfigger or continue to suffer for 2 more years. Their call. Whatever happens it certainly does not mean that all the good people of Wisconsin will turn out to kiss Robme’s ugly rear in November.

      FU Ed Shultz & all the rest trying to make this out to be some big deal for PBO.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY Aquagranny911 **BIG HUG** – –

        – – -that somehow this recall election in WI is a be all & end all for PBO. I call that BS.

        THIS [among other reasons] is “WHYCOME” – –he could NEVA have gone there.

        THANK U – – “LOUD MOUTH ED!!” — -geesh!!

        WE KNOW! – – -It’s NOT ABOUT HIM!! – – –

        BUT the EVIL/VILE RETHUGS annnnd HATAS- –YA KNOW

        ——They R PRECISELY WHO THEY R annnd WILL 4-EVA B!! – — -SAAAAA-LAP!! – – –

        Good 2 C U. :>) C U when I land. ***HUGS*** :>)

      • conlakappa

        Yep, no national megaphone and attention until the last couple of weeks. When is an election not a mandate on this Presidency? Or his Waterloo? Or his Watergate? Or his [fill in your political term of choice]? I am in total agreement with youthat it is tiring. They wanna go nostalgic? As Tip O’Neil said: all politics is local. Wisconsin folks, your fate is in your hands. The groundwork was laid. Now rise.

  • GreenLadyHere

    mianda – – – -BU – – -bu – – -BUT THEY R FISCAL[TIME] – –CONSERVATIVES! HAH!! – – –

    – – – – -Republicans Continue to Waste America’s Time With Their Obsession to Destroy Obama — –

    – —-All 47 pre-schoolers otherwise known as Senate Republicans of the 112th congress voted down the non-binding Obama budget the other day. They were joined by 51 Democrats, 1 Independent Democrat and heroic Vermont Independent Bernie Sanders. The 99-0 vote puzzled more than a few Obama supporters. Why would the senate Democrats go against their man in the White House? Quite the opposite was true. The Democrats didn’t go against Obama, they supported Obama in exposing their disapproval of the ploy of senate Republicans who were actually the ones to offering up a republican initiative based on a February Obama budget. Their sole purpose was to embarrass the president. They did the same thing in the house where their nonsense also failed to garner a single vote at 414-0. The Obama budget was introduced by radical right-wing South Carolina Tea Party freshman representative Mike Mulvaney.

    You see these little politically prepubescent ciphers have never made a secret of their singular reason for serving in the senate and house. It’s to destroy the president. That’s it and whatever it takes to get enough dense Fox-poxed Americans to vote Barack Obama out of office, well, by God, they’ll do it.

    The Republicans actually introduced a total of 5 budget proposals in the Senate in succession including the Ryan budget that passed the House in March. All of which failed and all of which contained vicious cuts for the poor and infirm and endless favors for the wealthy.

    – – -SKIP – – –

    — -Just as individuals are known by the company they keep, politicians are known by the legislation they pass, don’t pass or don’t allow to be passed. A cursory read of republican legislative accomplishments these past couple of years would render them undeserving of even a single vote to return any of them to congress.

    – – -SAAAAAAAAA-LAP!! – —–HAH!!

  • lamh35

    is it weird that I’ve never seen “Vampire In Brooklyn” with Eddie Murphy and Angela Bassett?

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

      Nope. I’ve never seen it either.

    • Aquagranny911

      I do find that “weird” because I believe you have seen every movie ever made! It’s kind of silly movie but I enjoyed it. I like both Eddie Murphy & Angela Bassett so that always influences me about a movie.

      • lamh35

        yeah, I do sometimes feel like I’ve seen beaucoup movies..lol. Or at the very least, I spend too much time watching and reading pop culture blogs and television…lol

    • danadevin74

      Love Angela Bassett in anything but that movie was so wrong LOL

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – – – – -***pointin’ annnnd LAFFIN’*** – — -LOL.

    – – — TELL – -‘EM ANTOINE!! – -LOL- —

    – – – – Study: “”The most ardent tea party Republicans” in Congress speak “at about an eighth-grade level.” – – –

    – – – – -Today’s L.A. Times has an article that confirms what we all know: Congress is sophomoric. There has, indeed, been a noticeable “dumbing down.”

    What? You’re surprised? No way, no how, no you are not, stop that! Not after all that GOP obstruction and tea tantruming about big bad Obama “taking away our guns,” screaming about the dreaded, non-existent “death panels” and the endless and renewed jaw-clenching birth certificate blather. In fact, how have we EVER managed to survive President Obama’s evil presidency?

    – –New research is showing that all that head-butting and speechifying has devolved to eighth grade levels, and no, that’s not hyperbole:

    Discourse in the House and Senate has dropped a full grade level — to the equivalent of high school sophomore, according to a new study. [...]

    “Congress is changing as an institution, and what you see is more and more members gearing their speeches as sound bites or YouTube clips,” said Lee Drutman, a senior fellow at the nonpartisan Sunlight Foundation, which compiled the study released Monday. [...]

    In an analysis of floor debates over the last several years, the study found that newer lawmakers tended to speak at a lower grade level than the veterans of congressional speechifying.

    THERE IS MORE. – — –

    – — -RE-THUGS: – – – -U – – -SO – – -DUMB! – – -4 REALZ! – -HAH!! – –

  • Aquagranny911

    Well, the family has been fed & I kicked them all out. I have chores to catch up on & I need my rest because I will be hitting the campaign trail for Ron Barber next week with Sis.

    We have just got to keep that seat & Jesse Kelly has so much money. We need to make up for that with boots on the ground.

    Mahalia Jackson, a great voice for this Sunday!

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – – — -FIRST: – – -A PICTURE of INNOCENCE – – –AS JUSTICE PREVAILS! – – –BLESS U —Mr. BANKS!! :>)

    NOW: – —–Brian Banks, ex-football star falsely accused of rape, wants money from state – —

    – —A former high school football star whose rape conviction was thrown out this week plans to file a claim against the state but will not sue the woman who recanted the sexual assault accusation she made a decade ago, his lawyer said.

    Brian Banks will seek $100 from the state for every day he was wrongfully incarcerated, Justin Brooks, an attorney with the California Innocence Project, told the Los Angeles Times.

    Banks spent five years in prison after pleading no contest to forcible rape. A judge threw out the conviction on Thursday.

    – -Wanetta Gibson was a 15-year-old high school sophomore when she accused Banks of raping her at Long Beach Poly High School. She received a $1.5 million payment from a civil suit brought by her mother against Long Beach schools.

    Prosecutors have said they have no immediate plans to charge Gibson, now 24, with making false accusations, saying it would be a tough case to prove. Brooks told the Times that Banks would not file a claim against Gibson.

    Police in Long Beach said there is no official investigation into Gibson’s conduct, but officers are “reviewing the matter” and “will be in consultation with the district attorney’s office following the review,” spokeswoman Lisa Massacani told the newspaper.

    – – WANETTA GIBSON? — — Sounds like a sista. — –

    Whateva the case – — HE DI-ENT GIVE HER – – -NO PLAY!! – -is what it sounds like.

    BUT — -WHAT — FORENSIC EVIDENCE – – -could have been used by the prosecutor! – — 2 SUPPORT A LIE!!??? — – –THIS SMELLS!! – – –

    – -HOWEVA — –AT THIS POINT- – –I’m sooo HAPPY 4 U – — -Mr. BANKS. — -JUSTICE PREVAILED!!I – – –AMEN.

    [POU FAM: GON GET ON the ROAD. C U in an hour. :>) ***HUGS***♥]

    • isonprize

      Unfortunately the woman who falsely accused Brian Banks is a black woman. She has done irreparable harm to his reputation and his career.

      Plus she got paid. Plus she has done harm to all women who really have been raped. What a skank.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY isonprize- -***BIG HUG*** :>)

        YA MEAN- — –WANETTA GIBSON? — — Sounds like a sista. — -- – — – -YEP!

        – – -YET- – —I’m BELIEVIN’- – – HE WILL SURVIVE annnnnd- –THRIVE. He will B BLESSED. :>)

        I’m SYILL BACK on the – –the FORENSIC EVIDENCE??]RAPE KIT- –etc.]- – – -***furrowed brow***

        – – –HE’s GONNA MAKE IT – —AFTER-ALL. :>)

        Good 2 C U- – isonprize. :>)

      • Admiral_Komack

        I don’t care what color she is; what she did was wrong.
        She should pay Brian Banks.

        • isonprize

          Admiral, NO DOUBT!! I was just answering GLH’s question. White, Black, Asian, Latina — Doesn’t matter. Skank. Any woman who would falsely accuse a man of raping her is a skank to me. She should pay Brian Banks every last dollar she got from that settlement plus interest. And it STILL would never pay him back for his lost time and opportunity.

          • Admiral_Komack

            Thanks.
            Didn’t this miserable bitch get money because of this “rape” that did not happen?

            Yo, bitch!
            It’s payback time!

  • lamh35

    Finally, some good analysis of what may be going on in Wisconsin based on factual reporting. Kay is the best of all the front pagers at BJ when it comes to on the street posting about campaign workers and foot soldiers. Here’s her take on the WI recall and I happen to agree with her.

    More on Wisconsin

    • Alma98

      The Mike guy over there is pissing me off with no way 39% of union households support Walker. Yes that number is correct he needs to get his head out his ass. They’d rather vote for Walker thinking he will put President Obama, unions and us negroes in our place, that’s how sick in the head they are. My husband was in the union for a few years, and he said a lot of union members hated the union despite all they did for their stupid ass’s.

      That’s what Walker ran on keeping big government meaning PBO out of our business, and taking care of the unions yet those dummies voted for him any way.

    • Ebogan63

      Better than John Cole’ b.s, that’s for sure.

  • lamh35

    Watching the last scenes of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, my favorite of the original Indiana Jones Trilogy, then off to bed. So here’s an early good night POU.

    • rikyrah

      that was one of my favorite scenes.

      Sean Connery was great casting

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- – — –FIRST LADY takes the “SINGLE YOUNG LADIES”- –OUT- —

    – – -Michelle, Sasha & Malia Obama go See Beyonce in AC (Video)

    – —Michelle Obama was with the single ladies this weekend, joining 5,500 fans at a Beyonce concert in Atlantic City.

    The first lady was with daughters Sasha and Malia at Revel Resorts, where Beyonce performed two dozen songs Saturday night. Obama’s husband, President Barack Obama, did not attend.

    Gov. Chris Christie was among the sell-out crowd packed into Revel’s Ovation Hall.

    Michelle Obama and the girls appeared excited throughout the concert, cheering Beyonce on. The daughters even sang along to the old school-sounding jam “Love on Top.”

    Obama recently told People magazine that if she could be anyone else, it would be Beyonce. And she came close, at least in how she was received by the audience: The first lady got a roaring cheer that matched Beyonce’s as she made her way to her seat in a shiny green dress. Some fans took photos while others screamed her name. One yelled, “This is history!
    THERE IS MORE.

    – – —Waitaminute- — – - in a shiny green dress.!!! —-Woo! Hoo! :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – –RESPECTFULLY- — -I’m happy 4 these CHILDREN:- —

    – —Kids Missing Nearly 4 Years Found in Mexico- – –

    – – – -V- – —

    – — – -Missing Black Children: A Crisis of Media Neglect – –

    – — -MANY MISSING – – – -OVER 4 YEARS- —–Annnnnd- – — – NOBODY’s LOOKIN’ 4 THEM!!- —

    Jus’ sayin’ – – – —–

    P.S.- – -PRAYING 4 THEM/FAMILIES. AMEN.- -

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- – -[Apologies iff a dup]- — –HAH! – —WHAT HE STR8 SAID!!- — –

    – – —VIDEO- George Will: Donald Trump is a “low IQ… bloviating ignoramus… What [benefit] is Romney seeking?”

    — – – -On ABC’s “This Week,” conservative commentator George Will blasted Donald Trump. And if anyone needs blasting, it’s Trump and his colossal ego:

    “I do not understand the cost benefit here. The costs are clear. The benefit — what voter is gonna vote for him (Romney) because he is seen with Donald Trump? The cost of appearing with this bloviating ignoramus is obvious it seems to me.

    – — -Oooowee- -> “Donald Trump is redundant evidence that if your net worth is high enough, your IQ can be very low and you can still intrude into American politics. Again, I don’t understand the benefit. What is Romney seeking?”
    THERE IS MORE.- – – –

    – – —-SCATHING!!-- – – – -LOL!!- – – –

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- – – -In the CONTINUIN’ SAGA:- – -EARL- – -IZZAT U?>/b>- -:>)- –

    – – – -Romney’s Outreach to Blacks, Good Photo-Ops But not Much Else- – –

    – – – –- Presumptive GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney got exactly what he wanted at the Universal Bluford Charter School in West Philadelphia. That was the ultimate photo-op. He had a room filled with black teachers, administrators, and at times smiling students. But most importantly he had banks of TV cameras and reporters recording his every move and word at the school. Romney well knows that he has absolutely no chance of scoring anything more than low single digit vote from black voters. Even his pitch at the school for expanding vouchers and more charter schools drew skepticism and even sharp retorts from the charter friendly black educators and parents at the school. But Romney had little choice but to hand pick a setting in a black neighborhood, and stage a carefully orchestrated photo-op appearance. He has to publicly establish for the campaign record that he is not a one-dimensional presidential candidate that’s stuck on business and the economy and that he’s perfectly capable of addressing and dealing with minority issues and problems.

    But an appearance here and there on the campaign trail before selected black audiences doesn’t change the other brutal political reality about the Romney, the GOP and the 2012 presidential campaign. The first as already mentioned is that he will get a relatively scant number of black votes. The other political reality is that he doesn’t need them to be competitive or even win. The two tips to that are Romney’s personal approach to the campaign and the GOP’s recent four decade history of presidential politics.
    THERE IS MORE.- —

    – -TRANSLATION:- –HE A- — EPIC FAIL!!!- -LOL.

    BUT- —-IMHO —-he ACTUALLY di-ent have a GOOD PHOTO-OP. LOL.

    We saw the LOOKS of DISDAIN on those poor children’s faces. LOL.

    – – —LIKE:- – –WHO HE [dat wyt man] – – – – annnnd- – -“WHYCOME”- – – -we gotta- -SHAKE his hand annnd SMILE.???- — –

    • Aquagranny911

      Those children had to suffer through that because they were raised up right to be respectful of adults even if that adult didn’t really deserve it. They probably all wanted to get up & walk out.

      SwissMitt Square Jeans can’t relate to humans who make less that 250 million per year. It’s just not in his genes. (pun intended)

  • GreenLadyHere

    - – -G’NIGHT POU FAM. :>)- – –WISHING U — -BLESSED SWEET DREAMS. ♥- -♥ :>)– —

    – —- BLESS- –OUR BELOVED COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF/FIRST LADY- —V.P JOE/Dr.JILL- —-anem :>);- —BLESS OUR POU FAM. :>)

    – —BLESS OUR POU FAM VETERANS—- WITH APPRECIATION. ♥- —

    – – —-UNTIL THE MORNING LIGHT.♥ :>)— ——

  • Camille

    Ok family, you see this new book by David Maraniss book on President Obama’s “early days”, I call bull shit on the motives of this author.

    Some folks are trying to pimp the book by claiming that because President Obama granted the author one interview to challenge other people’s versions of his life stories that Mr. Maraniss was eager to showcase and report as categorical truths, that somehow this means President Obama green-lighted the book. I say foul and lies.

    President Obama knows what this same author did to Bill Clinton when Clinton refused to let him interview him before he released his Clinton biography. It was said that Bill Clinton was mad at his staff for not arranging an interview to give his version of stories David Maraniss later used in his book.

    People like David Maraniss are just another category of purveyors of trashy crap novels complete with vile gossip designed to hurt people. They are not any more credible or have any more integrity and ethics or any more well-intentioned than the Kitty Kelly’s and Jodi Kantor’s of the world.

    Boycott this trash. Do not fill the pockets of these evil people with your hard- earned money.

    We should stop enriching and letting evil opportunists like David Maraniss hold prominent people hostage and exploit them and their privacy with stories from their childhoods as told by other people.

    We must allow President and Mrs Obama tell us their story when they are good and ready. They deserve that from us.