November 26, 2014

Sunday Open Thread: P.O.U. Sunday Jazz Brunch

GOOD MORNING P.O.U.!

I dedicate this week’s P.O.U. Sunday Jazz Brunch to jazz trumpeter extraordinaire, Donald Byrd who passed away on Feb. 4th.

RIP Mr. Byrd and Thank You for the music…

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Donaldson Toussaint L’Ouverture Byrd II (December 9, 1932 – February 4, 2013)[1] was an American jazz and rhythm and blues trumpeter. A sideman for many other jazz musicians of his generation, Byrd is best known as one of the only bebop jazz musicians who successfully pioneered the funk and soul genres while simultaneously remaining a jazz artist.

Byrd attended Cass Technical High School. He performed with Lionel Hampton before finishing high school. After playing in a military band during a term in the United States Air Force, he obtained a bachelor’s degree in music from Wayne State University and a master’s degree from Manhattan School of Music. While still at the Manhattan School, he joined Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, as replacement for Clifford Brown. In 1955, he recorded with Jackie McLean and Mal Waldron. After leaving the Jazz Messengers in 1956, he performed with many leading jazz musicians of the day, including John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Thelonious Monk, and later Herbie Hancock. Byrd’s first regular group was a quintet that he co-led from 1958-61 with baritone saxophonist Pepper Adams, an ensemble whose hard-driving performances are captured “live” on At the Half Note Cafe. In June 1964, Byrd jammed with jazz legend Eric Dolphy in Paris just two weeks before Dolphy’s death from insulin shock.

In the 1970s, Byrd moved away from the hard-bop jazz idiom and began to record jazz fusion and rhythm and blues. He teamed up with the Mizell Brothers (producer-writers Larry and Fonce) for Black Byrd in 1973. It was highly successful and became Blue Note Records’ highest-ever selling album. The title track climbed to No. 19 on Billboard′s R&B chart and reached the Hot 100 pop chart, peaking at No. 88. The Mizell brothers’ follow-up albums for Byrd, Street Lady, Places and Spaces and Stepping into Tomorrow, were also big sellers, and have subsequently provided a rich source of samples for acid jazz artists such as Us3. Most of the material for the albums was written by Larry Mizell. In 1973, he created The Blackbyrds, a fusion group consisting of his best students. They scored several major hits including “Happy Music” (No. 3 R&B, No. 19 pop), “Walking In Rhythm” (No. 4 R&B, No. 6 pop) and “Rock Creek Park”.

During his tenure at North Carolina Central University during 1980s, he formed a group which included students from the college called, Donald Byrd & the 125th St NYC Band. They recorded the ‘Love Byrd’ album, this being one of Donald Byrd’s last highlights in his jazz/funk phase. It included the late Isaac Hayes on production and drums. The album had a couple dance grooves; notably the hit & garage classic “Love has come around”. Recorded on Elektra records and released as a single in September 1981 it became a big disco hit in the UK and reached #41 in the chart.

He taught at Rutgers University, the Hampton Institute, New York University, Howard University, Queens College, Oberlin College, Cornell University, North Carolina Central University and Delaware State University.[2] In addition to his master’s from Manhattan School of Music, Byrd had two master’s degrees from Columbia University. He received a law degree in 1976, and his doctorate from Columbia University Teachers College in 1982.

Byrd lived in Teaneck, New Jersey[3] until his death on February 4, 2013 at the age of 80.[4]

(SOURCE: Wikipedia)

 

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  • dannie22

    http://wordup.posterous.com/essay-audio-donald-byrd-byrd-in-flight-mixtap good morning! this donald byrd mixtape is the business!!!

    • isonprize

      Thanks Dannie

      Got me doing the jazziest jammin’ house chores ever!

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

    Groups in Coalition Ask Obama for Posts
    By PETER NICHOLAS

    Face-to-face with President Barack Obama at a Las Vegas event last month, Hector Sanchez seized the moment to make a plea: Would the president make room in his cabinet for more Hispanics?

    “Don’t worry, we’re working on that,” Mr. Obama said, according to Mr. Sanchez, chairman of the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, a coalition of advocacy groups.

    …The Hispanic coalition wants Mr. Obama to appoint as many as three Latinos to his cabinet. Last month, the group sent a letter to the president suggesting a pool of 19 Latinos for him to consider.

    …”The window is closing, and we’re getting concerned, because he keeps nominating people to the cabinet, and there are less and less options and possibilities,” said Mr. Sanchez. “We still don’t see any single Latino candidate being nominated, so that’s why we’re really putting extra pressure on the administration.”

    In filling the vacant post of labor secretary, for example, the White House is considering Edward Montgomery, an African-American who is dean of the Georgetown Public Policy Institute. Another person in the mix is a Latino, Joe Garcia, the lieutenant governor of Colorado.

    MORE: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324906004578292361105764332.html

    • jziglar

      Now I understand the need for diversity but I can’t recall all of these people making demands when Bush and Clinton were in office. Also you want to find people qualified for the role while pushing for diversity.

      • BoomerGal

        Amen to ALL of that!!

      • conlakappa

        Nor did they ask with whom he golfed or jogged.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good MornTin Sepia. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

      Can’t find it now BUT —we have seen that MR. PRESIDENT’s FIRST [isn’t that FUN 2 SAY? :>)] –was MORE DIVERSE than his predecessors!!—Annnd he DID THAT – – -ALL BY HIMSELF!! —

      Annnd he stated: – -“I would just suggest that everybody kind of wait until they’ve seen all my appointments, who is in the White House staff and who is in my cabinet, before they rush to judgment,” he said in a White House news conference today. “Until you’ve seen what my overall team looks like, it’s premature to assume that somehow we’re going backwards. We’re not going backwards, we’re going forward.”

      SO – -“WHYCOME” — people THINK that they can “lobby” him 4 positions? – —HE KNOWS how 2 PICK the QUALIFIED among the DIVERSITY!! – —TRUST!! —
      Annnd as has been stated – – — DID anybody “lobby” the OTHER –NON-DIVERSE presidents? —Neither R THEY CRITICISIN’ THEM!!

      – — -Soooo ALL U’ALL can –MISS ME with the –premature – – -FAUX-RAGE!! – – – –

      – –PICK! – – — PICK! — –PICK! – — – ABOUT errythang!! –geesh!! —

    • JojoRaze

      My problem with this is that the groups are focused on the Cabinet–temporary positions–and not the Judiciary, where PBO has nominated POC and they have permanent effects, but requires the senate confirm them. Straining a gnat and swallowing a camel as the good book says.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MornTon’ JojoRaze. ***BIG HUG*** :>) – —

        — -***fist bump*** – —

        – – –CASES in POINT: – – — -☻ -AFTA 4 YEARS can anybody remember any of the GLARIN’ accomplishments of the CABINET members. Yes, they served annnd SUPPORTED MR. PRESIDENT. [HE HAS HUNDREDS of ACCOMPLISHMENTS. :>)]

        – —☻In COMPARISON: – —Sotomayor, Kagan shift Supreme Court debates to the left
        The liberal wing is no longer drowned out by Scalia and his fellow conservatives during oral arguments.- –

        – – —-The Obamacare vote was 5-4. Who voted for Obamacare? Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Elena Kagan. Those in dissent were Justices Anthony Kennedy, Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia, and Clarence Thomas.

        – – – – -Annnd in the next 4 years – –HE HAS the ABILITY 2 APPOINT MORE! – –Woo! Hoo! :>)

        Good 2 C U JojoRaze. :>) – – –

      • AxelFoley

        Damn good point, Jojo. This is why the GOP wins–they have long-term stratagy, whereas Dems look for immediate satisfaction. PBO is about the only Dem who plays the long game. The rest of them better learn to do the same.

    • edp4bho

      I don’t know (or care) if this sounds proper or not, but I really don’t give a fig who he has in his cabinet. If the people can get the work done to bring about fairness and real progress, I don’t care if PBO is the “only” POC in the house. I voted for him, not his cabinet; I trust him to choose those he feels most qualified to handle positions. My concern has always been the ultimate outcome. And with his mind and sensiblities, that they all march in step with him to achieve his goals. I am still expecting those on the local and state levels to have beneficial goals and the will and perseverance to handle all our everyday concerns. That is why we elect these people. Note how we never concern ourselves with who our governors select as staff, nor our mayors. These people have greater direct contact with us because they are local and really represent the diversity of their constituency. Washington is Washington and has a wider purview to address. My one exception is who he names to the SC. And this coming from me—still militant after all these years..LOL !

  • conlakappa

    The Darth One addressed his fellow Wyoming Rs and said that President Obama has second-class nominees for his national security team are second rate and putting the country at risk. Yeah. September 11 and two wars and this guy’s comments on keeping our nation safe should have been reported by CBS Sunday Morning?

    • jds09

      And isn’t Cheney considered a war criminal by some universally recognized governments? Looks like CBS Sunday Morning is going the way of TMZ….reporting gossip.

    • edp4bho

      Morning POU. He’d better watch out for his “second-class” heart. Tic tic tic……… !! LOL !

      • BoomerGal

        That’s what I say.

      • conlakappa

        I think the 7th time is the charm!

    • AxelFoley

      Could someone drive a stake through this old bastard’s heart?

      • conlakappa

        Hmm, you might have stumbled upon why he keeps getting replacements–a quest for one that is stake proof.

  • creolechild

    Good morning POU.

    75-year-old soybean farmer sees Monsanto lawsuit reach U.S. Supreme Court

    [….] In the next few weeks Bowman and Monsanto’s opposing legal teams will face off in front of America’s most powerful legal body, weighing in on a case that deals with one of the most fundamental questions of modern industrial farming: who controls the rights to the seeds planted in the ground. The legal saga revolves around Monsanto’s aggressive protection of its soybean known as Roundup Ready, which have been genetically engineered to be resistant to its Roundup herbicide or its generic equivalents.

    When Bowman – or thousands of other farmers just like him – plant Monsanto’s seeds in the ground they are obliged to only harvest the resulting crop, not keep any of it back for planting the next year. So each season, the farmer has to buy new Monsanto seeds to plant.[….]

    Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/02/09/75-year-old-soybean-farmer-sees-monsanto-lawsuit-reach-u-s-supreme-court/

    H/T Paul Harris

    • isonprize

      Good for him!!!

  • creolechild

    Democrats renew call to replace housing regulator

    The group of 45 Democrats, led by Representatives Elijah Cummings and John Tierney, expressed disappointment that Edward DeMarco has been running the Federal Housing Finance Agency in an acting capacity since 2009. In their letter, the lawmakers urged Obama to immediately nominate a permanent director.[….] DeMarco has refused to allow Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to forgive mortgage debt on loans they back, despite pressure from the Obama administration. The administration went so far as to offer federal support to cover some of the costs that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac could incur.[….]

    [….] The Obama administration nominated North Carolina Bank Commissioner Joseph Smith as the FHFA’s permanent director in November 2010, but he withdrew his name a few months later due to staunch Republican opposition. The administration has not named a new nominee since.[….]

    Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/07/us-usa-housing-regulator-fhfa-idUSBRE9160U320130207

    H/T Margaret Chadbourn and Lisa Von Ahn

  • creolechild

    The Ugly Truth About America’s Housing “Recovery” — It’s Wall St. Buying Homes to Rent Back to Their Former Owners

    Every day, it seems a new report comes out praising the ongoing housing recovery.[….] That’s because the housing “recovery,” as they’re calling it, is fueled almost entirely by Wall Street private equity firms, hedge funds and the Fed’s unwavering support. After creating a massive bubble in home prices that eventually burst and caused our economy to go into a tailspin, these guys have decided to come back for more, and figured out a way to profit off their destruction — by turning foreclosed homes into rentals and securitizing the rental income.

    [….] The Blackstone group, the biggest player in the new REO to rental market, has spent $2.5 billion in the last year purchasing 16,000 homes, a number that amounts to over $100 million per week. Property records show that many of the homes Blackstone has acquired in Fulton County over the last few months were purchased on the courthouse steps at the monthly foreclosure auction, or through short sales—when a lender agrees to accept less than the amount owed on a loan. The vast majority of these homes are not empty, but occupied by homeowners who fell behind during the great recession.[….]

    Read more: http://www.alternet.org/occupy-wall-street/ugly-truth-about-americas-housing-recovery-its-wall-st-buying-homes-rent-back

    H/T Shabnam Bashiri

  • creolechild

    Well, it is unusual but makes sense given that the definition of what constitutes a “family” continues to evolve…

    Florida judge allows three parental names on birth certificate

    A judge in Florida allowed the birth certificate of a baby girl to include the names of three parents — two married women and the sperm donor. After trying fertility clinics a few times, married couple Maria Italiano and Cher Filippazzo asked Italiano’s hair dresser to provide his sperm via artificial insemination. But there was never a written agreement.

    Before the birth, the donor, Massimiliano Gerina, decided he wanted a parental role, which kicked off a two-year dispute. While all three are now listed on the birth certificate, they do not have equal parental rights. The judge’s decision means that the couple will have “sole parental rights” and Gerina can visit but “will not be expected to provide child support,” according to Reuters.[….]

    Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/02/08/florida-judge-allows-three-parental-names-on-birth-certificate/

    H/T Samantha Kimmey

  • GreenLadyHere

    ) – -Lookin’ FORWARD 2 the SOTU ADDRESS.- -CONTINUIN’ 2 PRAY 4 –“NEMO” VICTIMS. AMEN. — –

    ——☻
    Obama Will Shift Back to the Economy
    - –
    – — – -President Obama “will concentrate his State of the Union speech Tuesday on the economy, shifting the emphasis away from the broad social agenda of his second inaugural address to refocus attention on a set of problems that vexed his first term,” the Washington Post reports.

    “Several senior administration officials involved in the speech say he will use his fourth State of the Union address to talk about jobs after the national unemployment rate ticked up last month. He will propose ways to make college more affordable to more people. And, the officials said, he will argue for the need to spend public money — on research, on roads, on education — to prepare Americans for a world where a warming climate, a nomadic labor force and new technology are shutting doors and opening new ones across the national economy.”

    — – -☻Pictures: Snow-storm Nemo hits US and Canada — –

    – – — –REPORT: – – -MR. PRESIDENT has ISSUED a “STATE of EMERGENCY” –4 CONN. – –THANK U. :>) – –

    – –☻ Donald Byrd and Stan Getz, in Fontessa Live in Germany, 1957

    —☻“ENJOY YOUR BREAKFAST/BRUNCH.” :>) – – :>) –

    – – -B BLESSED 2-day. :>) – —

  • creolechild

    This is an excellent article! The timelines (and accompanying photos) depicts challenges faced by women of color who were employed as domestics–as well as their activism related to fighting for decent wages and working conditions–which dates back from 1881 to 2012.

    Invisible Women: The Real History of Domestic Workers in America

    As the push for immigration reform continues, the Senate Gang of Eight’s plan includes measures that would make it easier for farmworkers—who play a role of “utmost importance in our nation”—to gain citizenship. Meanwhile, another major immigrant labor group that bolsters the US economy by freeing up the time of millions of other workers gets no such special treatment. For the nation’s nannies, housekeepers, cooks, and companions to the elderly, this is just the latest slight in a long history of systematic exclusion from basic labor and human rights protections.

    Last November, the National Domestic Workers Alliance commissioned the first ever national survey of 2,000 workers to shed light on an industry that exists quietly behind closed doors. The domestic workforce is composed mainly of immigrant women of color who earn substandard pay, rarely receive benefits or health care, and have virtually no lobbying power (unlike farmworkers, who have de facto help from cheap-labor-loving Big Ag).

    In recent years, groups like the NDWA have made headway in the fight for worker protections, but they’re fighting an uphill battle against many outdated but entrenched laws, some of which are rooted in the legacy of slavery. This timeline explores a few of the milestones in the little-known history of the industry in America, showing where these workers came from and how far they still have to go.[….]

    Read more: http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/02/timeline-domestic-workers-invisible-history-america

    H/T Maggie Caldwell

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepai – – –THIS: – – — – —A SLAM annnnd GLOAT– -:>) –

    – —As Sequester Looms, the GOP Already Cost Us $18.9 Billion With Their Debt Ceiling Fiasco – –

    — —-As the sequester looms, Americans should remember something about the party of “fiscal responsibility”. Republicans were allegedly so concerned over spending that they refused to raise our debt ceiling, and yet at the same time, they also frivolously wasted 18.9 billion taxpayer dollars playing debt ceiling games.

    The Bipartisan Policy Center, founded in 2007 by former Senate Majority Leaders Howard Baker, Tom Daschle, Bob Dole and George Mitchell, did an analysis of the risks and costs of the debt ceiling standoff. They reported, “The United States hit its debt limit on December 31, 2012. The Treasury Secretary then began tapping into roughly $200 billion of emergency borrowing authority – referred to as “extraordinary measures” – to allow for an additional period of fully-funded government operations.”

    “Estimate of the ten-year cost to taxpayers of the 2011 debt limit standoff = $18.9 billion.”

    Steve Bell, a former GOP Senate aide who co-authored the analysis for the Bipartisan Policy Center said, “This is what they wasted last year.” Yes, that’s what Republicans wasted over their debt ceiling standoff alone, not including the money they wasted showboating repeal ObamaCare votes.

    Read the analysis here:

    — —- -Annnnd THEY — -CONTINUE 2 WASTE $$$$ —- DAILY with their – –OBSTRUCTIONIST TECHNIQUES!!. — –

    – – – -CALLIN’ THEM! OUT!! — —AGAIN!! —HAH! – —

  • Miranda

    igorvolsky ‏@igorvolsky
    Nicole Wallace on Marco Rubio: “He’s modern, he knows who Tupac is.”_______________________________________SERIOUSLY?!?!

    • morphus

      Really?? What’s with these GOP achieved diversity because they know a rapper lines?

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

      Please tell me she didn’t say that!

      • conlakappa

        It is his identity and something he brags about all the time.

    • creolechild

      Also. Too. What do you expect from someone who served as an advisor for the McCain/Palin travesty? (wink, wink)

      • Admiral_Komack

        Also, too.

    • goldenstar

      OK, do most of the GOP base even know what is Tupac from a vacation destination to an indigenous tribe????

    • Alma98

      My 79yr old mother knows who he is too, so?

    • AxelFoley

      I guess that’s all it takes for the GOP.

      These clowns are jokes.

    • rikyrah

      HUH?

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia – — LET the ADS –CONTINUE: – – — HAH! – – –

    – – -Republicans on the Sequester: Then and Now- – –

    — - FLIP – —-FLOP — -LOL – –Nothin’ NEW! – -LOL – –

    – — –COMMENT: – richo123
    This is simply about the GOP getting a win against Obama. Nothing at all to do with rational policy.
    Of course the dumbasses won’t even get their win.

  • creolechild

    Let’s Move! Three Years of Working Towards a Healthier Generation of Children

    First Lady Michelle Obama launched Let’s Move! on February 9, 2010 to unite the country around our kids’ health and create real support for families to live healthier lives. Since then we’ve seen substantial commitments from parents, business leaders, educators, elected officials, military leaders, chefs, physicians, athletes, childcare providers, community and faith leaders, and kids themselves to improve the health of our nation’s children.[….]

    Later this month we’ll be celebrating Let’s Move!’s third anniversary by showcasing progress and announcing new ways the country is coming together around the health of our children. Until then, here’s a look back on what the nation has accomplished over the past 3 years. This year’s Let’s Move! milestones and collaborations include:[….]

    Read more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/02/09/lets-move-three-years-working-towards-healthier-generation-childre

    H/T Hannah August

  • creolechild

    The 2013 State of the Union

    President Obama will update Americans on the most important issues facing our country in his State of the Union Address on Tuesday February 12, at 9 pm ET. Join us and watch a live enhanced broadcast featuring charts, graphs and data that will help you understand his policies.

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/state-of-the-union-2013

  • Miranda

    Original Sin Why the GOP is and will continue to be the party of white people With Barack Obama sworn in for a second term—the first president in either party since Ronald Reagan to be elected twice with popular majorities—the GOP is in jeopardy, the gravest since 1964, of ceasing to be a national party. The civil rights pageantry of the inauguration—Abraham Lincoln’s Bible and Martin Luther King’s, Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s swearing in of Joe Biden, Beyoncé’s slinky glamor, the verses read by the gay Cuban poet Richard Blanco—seemed not just an assertion of Democratic solidarity, but also a reminder of the GOP’s ever-narrowing identity and of how long it has been in the making.

    “Who needs Manhattan when we can get the electoral votes of eleven Southern states?” Kevin Phillips, the prophet of “the emerging Republican majority,” asked in 1968, when he was piecing together Richard Nixon’s electoral map. The eleven states, he meant, of the Old Confederacy. “Put those together with the Farm Belt and the Rocky Mountains, and we don’t need the big cities. We don’t even want them. Sure, Hubert [Humphrey] will carry Riverside Drive in November. La-de-dah. What will he do in Oklahoma?”more here: http://www.newrepublic.com/article/112365/why-republicans-are-party-white-people#

    • jds09

      This is a great read. One of my favorite parts…

      “Forty-five years later, the GOP safely has Oklahoma, and Dixie, too. But Phillips’s Sunbelt strategy was built for a different time, and a different America. Many have noted Mitt Romney’s failure to collect a single vote in 91 precincts in New York City and 59 precincts in Philadelphia. More telling is his defeat in eleven more of the nation’s 15 largest cities. Not just Chicago and Columbus, but also Indianapolis, San Diego, Houston, even Dallas—this last a reason the GOP fears that, within a generation Texas will become a swing state. Remove Texas from the vast, lightly populated Republican expanse west of the Mississippi, and the remaining 13 states yield fewer electoral votes than the West Coast triad of California, Oregon, and Washington. If those trends continue, the GOP could find itself unable to count on a single state that has as many as 20 electoral votes.”

      The red v blue map, showing half the country red, is highly misleading. Three people live in most of those red states.

      I’ve been a bit teary-eye lately, choked up due to happily watching the death of the southern strategy. I love, love, love the fact the PBO is smothering it and will continue to keep the pillow over its face with the new formation of OFA.

      From the age of 3 to 15 years old I spent everyday of every summer with my grand parents in Mississippi. I saw that two-tiered society close up, my politics are built upon its emotional reality. I am glad its dying and a black man is stabbing it in its heart, doing it as the leader of the free world, PBO is the quintessential badass.

    • creolechild

      “There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that “my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.” ― Isaac Asimov

      • BoomerGal

        That’s the kind of ignorance we’ve been up against these many centuries. But remember, these same idiots have reproduced and pass stupidity to the next generation.

        • conlakappa

          Aw, why did you have to bring up Honey Boo?

          • BoomerGal

            LOL!!!

          • JojoRaze

            Watching Honey Boo Boo, I think they are Dems and smarter than people take them for. The mama June won’t let Sugar Bear put a ring on it-prolly scared she’s gonna end up like kate plus eight mama and doesn’t want to share her TLC money with him. She has her own home and a job and four different baby daddies, but she coupons. They just have very low-brow tastes and lacking couth, but they aren’t dumb as far as I see. She’s the only Toddlers and Tiaras mom that isn’t living vicariously through her daughter. That show is gonna make sure Alana and those girls goes to college. Can’t believe wrote an apologia for Honey Boo Boo. Lol

    • BoomerGal

      Don’t forget the few indoctrinated “uncle Remus’, too.

    • JojoRaze

      This is a political sermon and reminds me a lot of what I’ve been thinking esp wrt to nullification. The GOP really have been acting like the Confederates for the past 50 years, but like Lincoln, it took PBO’s election for them to basically expose their intentions on a wider scale. The South seceded when Lincoln won and the GOP decided to secede from their responsibility to govern and instead obstruct when PBO won. It didn’twork in 1861 and it’s not working in 2013 either.

      • jds09

        Bingo. This behavior is nothing new; its the same old playbook. If I remember correctly, early in PBO’s first term the republicans had that secret strategy meeting where they quoted lines from the movie Braveheart. Didn’t Mel Gibson’s character get his ass kicked? Deep in their bones they know the truth. lol

        • malletgirl02

          Not only did William Wallace, Mel Gibson’s character he was drawn and quartered, and Scotland is still at part of Great Britain.

  • GreenLadyHere

    MEDIA ALERT: —55th Annual GRAMMY Awards Slated For Feb. 10, 2013

    -55th Annual GRAMMY Awards Slated For Feb. 10, 2013 – —

    – – – —Music’s Biggest Night, the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards, will return to Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, and will air live on the CBS Television Network from 8–11:30 p.m. (ET/PT). The eligibility year for the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards is Oct. 1, 2011, to Sept. 30, 2012.

    Additionally, “The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music’s Biggest Night” — which officially kicks off GRAMMY season by revealing nominations in several categories while featuring unique performances with past GRAMMY winners and/or nominees — will air live on CBS Wednesday, Dec. 5.

    – – –Remembering Whitney Houston- —

    – – — -A look at the celebrated singer’s GRAMMY history: — One of the most celebrated pop stars of all time, Whitney Houston achieved more in her nearly three-decade career than most artists could hope to imagine. She sold more than 170 million combined albums, songs and videos, and became one of a few artists with the distinction of performing the most times on the annual GRAMMY Awards, having graced the telecast stage eight times over the years.

    – — -RIHEP – –Dear DIVA WHITNEY♥ – – –WE MISS annnd LOVE U♥ – —

  • Miranda

    #FREEDOMWife’s gun fires in Bend McDonald’s, hits husband BEND, Ore. (AP) — A Bend woman accidentally shot her husband when her Derringer fell out of her pocket, hit the floor and fired.

    KTVZ reports it happened Thursday at a McDonald’s restaurant, and about 15 other customers who were inside at the time were startled by the gunfire.

    Lt. Chris Carney says 47-year-old Richard Lee Cooper and 48-year-old Barbara Annette Masters were in the dining area when she leaned forward and the gun hit the floor. The impact caused the .22-caliber gun to fire, hitting Cooper in the abdomen. He was taken to St. Charles-Bend hospital in serious condition.

    Masters was cited on assault and reckless endangering charges and released. http://www.kgw.com/news/Wife-drops-gun-in-Bend-McDonalds-husband-shot-190372941.html

    • Admiral_Komack

      Was she a good guy or a bad guy?

      • jds09

        Or was it an accident? Ummmm…lol

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

          Did she play video games?

          • conlakappa

            Listened to rap music…

          • TyrenM

            Life insured?

          • conlakappa

            I am suspicious too.

    • goldenstar

      There are a helluva lot gun accidents. Jeesh. All these supposed lawful-abiding and responsible gun owners don’t. know. squat. about. safety. So what’s up w/ that Wayne?

  • creolechild

    YOUCH! The GOP might want to retheir latest con job of trying to appease Latinos with their new-found “concern” in attempts to win them over to get their votes because the folks at Univision are not having it…

    Univisión Staffer Slams Republican Marco Rubio For Being a ‘Token Slave Boy’ Loser

    Marco Rubio is supposed to be the Golden Boy Trojan Horse for the GOP with the Hispanic community, but at least one Spanish-language television network Univisión staffer isn’t buying it. The Miami Herald reported that Angelica Artiles, assistant to Univisión’s Vice President of news, took to Rubio’s aide’s Facebook page to unload freely, calling the Republican lawmaker a “loser” and “a token slave boy.”

    “Oh. wow, the loser is going to speak after our President,” Artiles wrote on spokesman Alex Burgos’ Facebook page at 9:33 p.m. Wednesday. “Anything to get publicity. Ask him to do us a favor and stay home that night.”[….]

    Read more: http://www.politicususa.com/univision-staffer-calls-republican-senator-marco-rubio-token-slave-boy-loser.html

    H/T Sarah Jones

    • jds09

      LOL, “Marquito” and a “Disney Dwarf”, I heard he is short, but damn.

    • JojoRaze

      Dang! Rubio is getting the ‘All my skinfolk ain’t my kinfolk’ treatment from Latinos. The one thing I’m getting from this debate about the Latino community is that Cubanos are really disliked especially by Mexicans, and other Latinos because of the special treatment they get as immigrants and the fact that they mostly didn’t supportcomp immig reform until recently. Puerto Ricans are US nationals but have always been supportive so they don’t garner thesame animus toward them as the Cubanos. I’m sureRubio gets this but he’s too busy shuckingand jiving to let the baggers understand it.

      This Univision person also said Rubio is coming after ‘our president’, which shows that a lot of Latinos are as protective of him as we black folks are. If the Repubs had sense they would let the white racists go, because it seems as if the Latino community is hardening toward Dems as black people were after the Civil Rights Act. Immigration seems the Repubs last, best hope To get those votes and the separate but equal reform they are offering is rubbing folks the wrong Way.

    • AxelFoley

      Damn. She got in that ass.

    • rikyrah

      O-U-C-H-

    • Miranda

      LOLOL!!!! YES!

  • isonprize

    Donaldson Toussaint L’Ouverture Byrd II

    Now, THAT’S a name!! RIP, Donald Byrd

    • goldenstar

      I KNOW! Never realized that he had such a grand and historic middle name. Fierce!

    • conlakappa

      That is the same thing I said to the husband. It was the II that made it for me.

    • rikyrah

      the family CHOSE those names…LOL

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia – – -Ms. NANCY SPEAKS: – –:>) — –

    – — Pelosi: ‘Almost a false argument’ to say US has spending problem – –

    — -House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said that the looming sequestration is “a bad idea all around” and called for a balance of spending cuts and closing tax loopholes in order to avoid it.

    “It is almost a false argument to say we have a spending problem. We have a budget deficit problem that we have to address,” she told Fox News’s Chris Wallace on Sunday.

    The Democratic House leader said she backed a “big, bold proposal,” to curb long-term spending, and, short of that, a plan that ended subsidies for large oil companies and eliminated loopholes in the tax code.

    “It isn’t as much a spending problem as much as it is priorities,” she said at another point, arguing that tax subsidies were a better target than cuts to programs such as education.

    CAIN’T wait til U get YOUR GAVEL BACK!! LOL—

    –[Gotta “bounce” – – -MISSIN’ U/CARRYIN’ U –IN MY ♥]

  • itgurl_29

    According to Twitter, nerdland was throwing shade at the Obama family. Apparently, the First Family is too loving and attractive and stable for the rest of America to relate to. This is a bad thing now.

    These emos hate POTUS and everything he represents. They are no different from any tea bagger.

    • gc

      I’m not AA, but I feel fortunate to have such wonderful role models. One of my docs once asked what my tat signified. I told him it was the Chinese symbol for “serenity.” We looked at each and cracked up, because I am sooooo not serene:) but the aspirational value of the things outside ourselves is something to be treasured.

      • GreenLadyHere

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

        – –Uhhhhh – – –WHEN diju – -CHANGE? – –U GOT a CARD. LOL- – – –

        How GOOD it is 2 C U. :>) – -B BLESSED. :>) – -

    • Alma98

      They’re actually playing into stereo-types, black couples and families like the Obama’s do exist. One couple in the public eye that comes to mind is Ruby Dee & Ossie Davis. You just knew they were over the moon for each other. Joy killers the lot of them, that’s what they are. Fortunately for us nobody is paying attention to them.

      • BoomerGal

        For real! My “like” button isn’t working AGAIN but I do like!

        • Alma98

          LOL! It’s working BoomerGal I can see your like.

    • goldenstar

      I was watching. Her problem is that she thinks she’s being intellectual by problematizing every topic. So, she posited that 1. the optics of this family is that it’s a hetero relationship w/ 2 parents so the narrative is lacking the LGBT realities and the single momma reality. 2. He was raised by a single momma.

      So, I’m sitting there thinking: so…….

      Like, what is her point? Should he publicly declare that he’s in a hetero relationship but oh, you single-sex folks, you do the same too????

      Yikes. After a while, she makes no sense…to herself.

      • jziglar

        They are just hating on the Obama’s because they have everything they don’t have and will never have. They have all the qualities they wish they had, and they will be remembered in the history books while the PL / emo left won’t even be a footnote.

      • isonprize

        The “only” reason it works is Mama Robinson?

        Do they even listen to themselves? That is about the DUMBEST statement. LOLOLOL

    • Miranda

      Are you f’ing kidding me?? So now its PROBLEMATIC??? GTFOH!

    • AxelFoley

      Crabs in a fuckin’ barrel. Someone needs to put them all in a pot and boil these rat bastards.

      • Guns3000

        That sounds harsh but PLEASE REPEAT

        “Someone needs to put them all in a pot and boil these rat bastards.”

        SO TRUE

    • rikyrah

      “aspirational aspect of the Obama family is what can be problematic.”

      W-T-F?

      • Admiral_Komack

        Emoprog bullshit.

    • GreenLadyHere

      HEEY itgurl_29. ***BIG HUG*** :>) —

      – —***BIG fist bump*** :>)

      – – —ALL I need is 2 C is HOW THEY BEHAVE. — DON’T NEED AN ANALYSIS of their BEHAVIOR — –

      Melissa! Melissa! Melissa! – —-PUH-LEEZE – –STOP trynta B –CUTE-BY-HALF. — –It ain’t workin’ 4 U.!! geesh!

      Thank U itgurl_29. :>) —

  • Alma98

    Good morning everyone!

  • lamh36

    morning guys! my new sofa and bedroom set was finally delivered & assembled last night at bout 8:45. I walk into the living room & am a Lil taken aback when I see the sofa & realize…oh yeah I have a sofa…lol.

    just in time for the Grammys tonight. I thought I read Prince was gonna be there this year & LL Cool J will be hosting & performing. so what we got planned for tonight & who’s gonna be watching the ceremony & per-show with me tonight?

  • conlakappa

    Tracy Reese’s show at Fashion Week will be live-streamed here today at 2:00 p.m. Eastern http://newyork.mbfashionweek.com/live?utm_source=Tracy+Reese+Mailing+List&utm_campaign=60287fd5f7-TR_145&utm_medium=email

    • Alma98

      I’m watching.

      • crazycanuck

        Me too

  • jds09

    This would be funny if the situation wasn’t so dangerous. Somebody is gonna get hurt.

    http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-torrance-shooting-20130210,0,3955268.story

    The Torrance PD is notoriously known for absorbing LAPD rejects and is a pocket of redneck territory in SoCal.

    • Miranda

      Very volatile situation. SMH

  • crazycanuck

    The models are distracting me from Tracy Reese clothes, they all look out of proportion lol.

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

      You were watching too? What you think? I got an 80s vibe from the collection. It also looked like she was channeling the British pop group Mel and Kim.

      • Alma98

        I got that British 80’s vibe too Sepia, some of the pieces I absolutely hated, some I loved. Also some of the patterns were hideous. The models were wobble walking lol.

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

          I didn’t like those patterns either. My fave was the black dress with the red rose-looking pattern.

          The models nowadays can’t walk to save their life! They need some serious lessons from Jay Alexander.

          • Alma98

            YES! That was my favorite too I could see FLOTUS wearing that. The shoes weren’t that high either and they were ugly lol.

          • crazycanuck

            That was my fave also. I got the 80’s vibe, but not British, but as I said the models were distracting me. Also didn’t like the patterns.

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

            I meant the British duo Mel & Kim. The pants and jackets reminded me of their style: http://userserve-ak.last.fm/serve/500/27925615/Mel++Kim.jpg

  • AxelFoley

    Ya’ll see the Michelle Obama inauguration ball doll? I remember some company (not sure if it’s this company) doing a Michelle doll for the first inauguration, but I think this one looks even better (if this picture is a final version of it).

    http://www.danburymint.com/collectibles/prod/F74/Michelle-Obama-at-the-Inaugural-Ball-Collector-Doll_4110-0017.aspx?source=3C74&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=Michelle+Obama+Doll&cm_mmc=Facebook-_-Michelle-_-Obama-_-Doll-_-Link

    • Miranda

      *goes to order*

    • conlakappa

      Spooky how realistic it looks. Use of computers? Better craftsmanship? The company that put out the Fabulous First Lady bags http://www.flickr.com/photos/91743969@N00/4427967299 seemed to have upped its production. I guess its executives still see the [marketing] value of this admired woman.

      • AxelFoley

        It’s amazing what sculptors can do these days. I have a Christopher Reeve Superman and Mark Hamill Luke Skywalker action figures by a company named Hot Toys and you wouldn’t believe how accurate and life-life they are. And there’s a company called Enterbay that’s doing a Michael Jordan figure that I’m getting and it’s like they cloned MJ (and you KNOW I’m getting this).

        • Miranda

          *no longer feels bad about the collectible Christie dolls I have for my..uh…:niece”…yeah, my niece*

    • Alma98

      OMG It looks just her, beautiful mother’s day gift for my mama and mil.

      • conlakappa

        I was thinking of getting it for Grandma to join all of her other Obama-phenalia. She loves those two like they are her grandchildren as well. Grandma is 101 and I wouldn’t want to have to cut the trifling cousin who later claims it!

        • Alma98

          My mother has a 8×10 of the whole family in the living-room. I’ll have to tell them on condition that it’s left to me and my daughter when they pass on lol.

          • conlakappa

            Grandma’s rule is that if you gave it to her, it reverts back to you. But she is banking on people being honorable and honest, and, well, you know family…

    • dannie22

      i gotta count my pennies and get this doll

    • rikyrah

      don’t trust it….the other one didn’t look like her at all.

      • conlakappa

        Whoever gets the doll first should post a photo/attest to its likeness.

    • QOakaJP

      Wow! I gotta show this to my mom. She loves dolls. They did a great job.

    • BoomerGal

      OMG!! What a beautiful likeness. I love her high cheek bones.

  • dannie22

    is there gonna be a livechat for the grammys tonight?

    • Miranda

      YEP!

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

        And there WILL be shade!

        • TyrenM

          crackin up @therewillbshade!

    • rikyrah

      the Grammys are tonight?

      I’m so out of it.

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

    So, I was looking at pics of the seating at the Grammys, and guess who’s gonna show up? Mr. Anti-Corporate Establishment Lupe Fiasco: http://cdn.rap-up.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/grammy-seats-2013-4.jpg

    • AxelFoley

      LOL, that clown ass muhfucka.

    • Miranda

      Oh Please don’t let his ass ever see the stage.

  • Miranda

    Michael Skolnik ‏@MichaelSkolnik
    BREAKING: Barack Obama will go to Chicago on Friday to give a speech on gun violence. #Forward

    • Alma98

      Happy now? This will change nothing, nothing at all.

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

        But it’s gonna show folks’ REAL agenda. I guarantee that the same mofos that demanded he speak will be the same mofos complaining about his speech.

        I say we compile a list of all the people who complained and then see what they say afterwords. If they complain about his speech…we put them on Front St. & Blast.

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

      SHIT. JUST. GOT. REAL.

      And I hope PBO be on his, “Oh, y’all muthafukkas wanted a speech? Well, I got a speech fo’ dat ass” swagger.

      • QOakaJP

        Yep, I think he’s gonna keep it 100% real, and a lot of folks, particularly the Chicago pols who’ve been crying and doing nothing for decades, will not be happy with what he’ll say. (But we shouldn’t expect any less, in that regard. Let’s just hope there’ll be no nut-cutting threats this time around…)

        • BoomerGal

          Well, what’s the mayor doing??

      • Miranda

        *sigh*….Yeah, ok.

    • QOakaJP

      I knew it.
      I just hope his words will not fade once the cameras are gone. Can’t wait to hear what he has to say!

  • Miranda

    Evening thread is up!