September 17, 2014

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

GOOD MORNING P.O.U.!

As you get your Sunday breakfast/brunch on, enjoy the musical stylings of Nancy Wilson, live at Carnegie Hall in 1987:

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  • aleth

    Wait I just read about certain tea bag republicans seeking to use impeachment strategy so they don’t do economic or immigration reform

    • goldenstar

      It’s all good. These folks are proving that they have no interest in governing. And, this is a demonstration to voters just why they do not deserve to be re-elected. This bodes well for PBO’s strategy plan.

    • trose1

      Unlike Dems GOP don’t sleep. Scheming and scamming doesn’t stop.

  • Guns3000

    Obama Frustrated Over Health Care Website Issues

    WASHINGTON — WASHINGTON (AP) — Last week, President Barack Obama
    gathered some of his top advisers in the Oval Office to discuss the
    problem-plagued rollout of his health care legislation. He told his team
    the administration had to own up to the fact that there were no excuses
    for not having the health care website ready to operate on Day One.

    The admonition from a frustrated president came amid the embarrassing start to sign-ups for the health care insurance exchanges. The
    president is expected to address the cascade of computer problems Monday
    during an event at the White House.

    Administration officials say more than 476,000 health
    insurance applications have been filed through federal and state
    exchanges. The figures mark the most detailed measure yet of the
    problem-plagued rollout of the insurance market place.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/20/obamacare-website-issues_n_4131455.html

    The next move is he is going to fire someone because it’s quite obvious these aren’t simple glitches. I have some family friends have been trying to sign up and all they been getting is error messages.

    • gn

      I find the fact that they’re approaching half a million enrollees in month one to be way more interesting than the website glitches story. I hope that the WH and the President emphasize the former and don’t play into the latter. Frankly this is a ridiculous complaint, I’m sorry.

      • Guns3000

        If you’ve read some of the statements from the President lately he would disagree with you. The point you’re missing they would’ve have more signups than that with a better website.

        • gn

          It wouldn’t be the first time I disagreed with the President whatsoever. Of course people should be working overtime to fix website glitches. But that’s not a central story to ObamaCare and IMO it’s a mistake to play into that mess. Demand for the new iPhone overwhelmed supply to the point that people were waiting in line for days to be the first to get it. That could be spun as a “failure” of the manufacturer etc. Instead it is reported as proof of the product’s popularity. The “website glitches” trolling originates from the far right looking for any excuse to trash the ACA, and IMO it’s a mistake for the WH to play into that story.

          • Guns3000

            The “website glitches” trolling originates from the far right looking
            for any excuse to trash the ACA, and IMO it’s a mistake for the WH to
            play into that story.

            It’s not trolling if it’s true. Trolling is trying to impeach PBO because of Beghanzi, FAst and furious etc.

            The website is faulty.

          • gn

            IIRC they set a target of 500k enrollees for the month of October and are near that target with a third of the month left. That’s news, that’s a story. That some of the ObamaCare websites are glitchy is just not a major story. It was telling that the day after Jon Stewart went after the admin for website glitches, his own site had to post error messages due to glitches. We can agree to disagree; to me this is another trumped up and overblown scandal along the lines of the IRS stuff.

          • Guns3000

            gn, I agree with you. It’s not a scandal. It just irritates me that administration supporters are so dismissive that someone bungled this website.

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

            We not dismissive, we’re PRAGMATIC about the situation. You agree that it’s not a scandal, yet you’re embracing the media/GOP narrative that it is one.

            And think about this: The article you posted is from the AP, which is still pissed about the DOJ investigating their shadiness. For all we know, they took one piece of a huge convo between PBO and his advisors and blew it up to it being a convo solely about the web glitches. Re-read the article again. It’s the AP who said PBO was “frustrated”, not him or those who were at the meeting. In fact, the AP didn’t even have a direct quote from anyone who was at the meeting!

          • trose1

            I am not dismissive.Systems not working correctly happen all the time. Getting it fixed improvements in systems happen all the time. Why would this roll out be different?

          • crazycanuck

            Exactly! Where have these people been? If we start firing people because systems don’t work the first day or even day 15, nothing would get done lol.

          • gn

            I hear you; I just think that if it weren’t this, the GOP and beltway media would have found something else to complain about. I get annoyed but I don’t flip out when twitter is down either. It’s just not something that I think merits so much hysteria. There’s nothing the WH could do to stop the “eat the cake Anna Mae!” beltway from being abusive to the PBO and his programs; I just can’t get worked up over their latest complaints. Thx for the civil exchange though.

        • JojoRaze

          If the TWENTY-SIX states whose exchanges the federal gov’t was compelled to run, ran their own sites as the law originally intended, this wouldn’t have happened. The intent of the law was for the states to run their own, to give them independence and ability to rein in insurers’ excesses. Now people who purposefully sought to gum up the works for the law are complaining. One way to fix it. Run your own exchange, take the Medicaid expansion money as intended. Other than that, folks whining about healthcare dot gov can have a seat.

          • Guns3000

            Jojo that’s an irrelevant point. You know the 26 states are run by Republicans and they weren’t setting up damn thing. Whomever was in charge of setting up the site were or should have been well aware of that fact and should have planned accordingly.

          • Miranda

            You completely MISSED Jojo’s point.

          • JojoRaze

            It isn’t an irrelevant point because the point of half the states refusing to do what the law intended was to throw shadeon the entire law and to gum up the works. Then they are complaining about a glitchy site? I call shenanigans because these Repyb states can call up states rights and run it themselves as the law ORIGINALLY INTENDED. Until then, folk gonna have to deal until the feds fix it. They rolled this site out in the midst of the shutdown. They are doing a good job to my mind with the obstacles people purposefully set up.

          • Guns3000

            Jojo so your point is since Republicans aren’t helping (which what indication did they give you they would)………….We should accept mediocrity or below average performance? Is that what your telling me? Please tell me your not. The shutdown was 16 days. ACA was passed over three years ago. Come on.

        • Miranda
          • Guns3000

            Miranda, when the President fires someone over this like I said weeks ago you’re not going to be joking around.

          • Miranda

            Someone will get a ceremonial firing and that will prove your point?? Did you JUST start paying attention to politics yesterday??

          • Guns3000

            LoL…..come on Miranda. “Ceremonial”……are the website problems ceremonial as well?

          • Guns3000

            When I said weeks ago that someone should be fired I was mocked by you and others now you concede someone will be fired. You may have Alzheimer’s but disqus does not.

          • Miranda

            Point me to the comment where I mocked that someone would be fired. I said this was stupid and overblown and still say that.

          • creolechild

            AP Sources: 476,000 Obamacare Applications Filed

            [....]The president is expected to address the problems on Monday during a health care event at the White House. Cabinet members and other top administration officials will also be traveling around the country in the coming weeks to encourage sign-ups in areas with the highest population of uninsured people.[....]

            The officials said technology experts from inside and outside the government are set to work on the glitches though they did not say how many workers were being added.[....]

            Officials did say staffing has been increased at call centers by about 50 percent. As problems persist on the federally run website, the administration is encouraging more people to sign up for insurance over the phone.[....] Officials say they expect enrollments to be heavier toward the end of the six-month sign-up window.[....]

            Read more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/ap-sources-476-000-obamacare-applications-filed

            H/T Julie Pace

          • Admiral_Komack

            “AP Sources: 476,000 Obamacare Applications Filed”
            -Why weren’t 500,000, 1 million, a gazillion applications filed, even?
            Obviously, someone needs to be fired; that’ll pump the numbers up (snark)!

        • trose1

          There would be more sign ups if more states were co operating. Many ifs and butts. Where do we start?
          There seems to be more money/ people invested in ACA FAILURE than success at this moment in time.

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

            THIS. *looking at you, Gov. Christie*

          • Farrod

            Check him/her/it Trose…

          • Guns3000

            “There would be more sign ups if more states were co operating.”

            Those states were never going to cooperate. I guess you’re surprised.

    • Miranda

      You have family friends that need it, I doubt they’re bitching because its not as simple as calling in a pizza order.

      • Guns3000

        Miranda here’s the thing. You’ve been strong and supporter of this law and so have I. You know people that need it. You’re not disappointed? Seriously? I don’t mean to be that guy this morning but this shit is embarrassing. It’s not a Republican creation. It’s not media spin. I’m not trolling. The site is fucked up. The President knows it fucked up and someone let him down and should pay the price that’s all.

        • Miranda

          I’m not trolling.
          ———————–

          uh huh….but see….you usually only come around to comment at peak trolling hours.

          • Guns3000

            I only come around because you’re here. Are you single?

          • trose1

            Judging from the comments this morning u got a response LOL.
            However I think that is part of the definition of a troll.
            :)

          • Miranda

            Not unless you’re digging on the scene in a gangsta lean….

          • Alma98

            LOL!

        • Town

          President Obama should resign right now!

    • rikyrah

      SERIOUSLY, who thought that half the states wouldn’t choose to set up their own exchanges?
      I thought there would be some crazy folks, but near half?
      come on.

  • GreenLadyHere

    GOOD SUNDAY MORNTIN’ Sepia♥/POU FAM♥ –***BIG HUG*** :>) –RISING With CONTINUED THANKS annnd PRAISE 4 the BLESSINGS of RETURNED JOBS.[Especially 4 POU FAM♥.]

    – WATCHED- – -THIS PHOOL: —A defiant Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Sunday said he would “continue to
    do anything I can to stop the train wreck that is Obamacare,” hinting
    that he could again seek to complicate efforts to pass a long-term
    budget deal.
    Annnd he said it in front of a group of cheerin’ re-THUG wimmen on Saturday.!! – The “WAR on WIMMEN -CONTINUES!!” Annnd soo WILL OUR FIGHT!! –

    – — -MOVIN’ FORWARD with MR. PRESIDENT on his 3 FRONTS. :>)

    – – -ENJOY YOUR SUNDAY TREAT♥. —B BLESSED 2-DAY

    Annnd YES Sepia♥ —LUVIN’ –Ms. NANCY —“Fancy STYLIST♥”:

    —-http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wPKzLvqKDg THANK U. :>)

    [Gotta "bounce" early. :>) Good NFL luck :>)]

    • Alma98

      Morning GLH! Have a great day!

  • Miranda

    Ummm…ok Kanye

    Kanye West’s Yeezus tour features 27-song setlist, giant mountain, Jesus Christ look-alike

    Kanye with Jesus Christ look-alike:
    http://2a56b976980e0793ddee-5cc5435fcbc367bb03f9a415e7067a97.r91.cf2.rackcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/kanye-jesus.jpg

    • aleth

      He couldn’t find a black Jesus?

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

        No, you right.

      • jds09

        He missed an authentic moment to educate and provoke with an anthropologically supported representation of Christ and he choked. He’s lost his “genius artist card” and he’s simply an attention getter.

        • TyrenM

          Yep. Continued mis-education to his target audience.

      • gn

        You’re not wrong at all!

    • JojoRaze

      Kanye should READ the New testament instead of engaging in this farce he’s doing. Historical Jesus was a Jewish man from the middle east. Whatever those men looked like in circa 30 ce is what he looked like.

    • gn

      This dude is selling merchandise with the confederate flag on his tour. There’s certain people who are really setting us back right now, and sorry to say he’s one of them.

      http://www.celebritygossipalley.com/kanye-west-selling-confederate-flag-shirts-yeezus-tour/

    • Alma98

      It’s fake y’all?

    • Worldwatcher7

      Kanye needs a sabbatical. He seems confused and erratic.

  • Miranda

    Wounded Boehner to pivot
    By Molly K. Hooper and Russell Berman -10/20/13 06:00 AM ET

    Speaker John Boehner is changing strategies for the next fiscal battle.

    The Ohio Republican, wounded by a humiliating defeat from the
    government shutdown, will shift away from an unwinnable fight to defund ObamaCare. Now, he will try to get his GOP Conference to focus on spending cuts.

    Sources close to Boehner say the Speaker feels emboldened by scores of GOP lawmakers who have privately admitted they made a mistake by endorsing Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-Texas) strategy during the shutdown battle.

    Going forward, the House GOP intends to highlight the flaws of
    ObamaCare, but it will not factor into a government shutdown scenario in mid-January, the next fiscal deadline.
    Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/house/329461–wounded-boehner-to-pivot-for-next-fiscal-battle#ixzz2iGrOvEBk

    • Guns3000

      This guy has been emasculated to the point where it doesn’t matter what he does at this point. I’m not a big fan of Pelosi but she’s got more balls than him.

      • conlakappa

        Ugh with genitalia as the symbol of… something. Suddenly the guns thing is explained, as well as the mimicking of the media with the “someone needs to be fired!!!” Simmer down and holster ‘em, Yosemite Sam.

        • jds09

          Steel encased uterus perhaps? Ovaries as hard as diamonds? The possibilities are endless…lol

        • Guns3000

          I was saying it before the media.

          • conlakappa

            You were saying it on like day two or three, along with the media. People called BS and really then, they are calling it now. This isn’t some game–people’s lives are at stake and the health of our economy. Come January 1, when it is real, there will be some new and fresh complaint about the White House. Bet on that.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥ — –Some TRUTH from Mr. LEW: – —

    Lew: Political, not economic crisis – –
    Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is classifying this month’s government shutdown and debt ceiling debate as a ‘political crisis’ rather than an economic one.

    “It’s important to remember that what we just went through was a political crisis, not an economic crisis,” Lew said in an interview airing Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

    As such, Lew praised both the House and Senate for reaching a deal late Wednesday, despite the long time it took.
    THERE IS MORE —
    — -Uhh —guess he kinda 4-got the RACIST CLASSIFICATION! — BUT — -WE KNOW!

  • MonieTalks

    Trip down memory lane…funny how amnesia always surfaces…..and Bush did not face nearly the sabotage and media-Republican occlusion that Obamacares has.

    Why Bush’s prescription plan is such a fiasco.
    By Jacob Weisberg

    President Bush thought that millions would welcome his intervention. But the effort has not gone as planned. Costs are spiraling out of control, and many of the people we wanted to help are protesting that the situation is worse than ever. Three years later, the entire poorly conceived enterprise is in jeopardy.

    I refer, of course, to the administration’s program to subsidize the cost of prescription drugs for the elderly. This plan, which went into effect on Jan. 1, offers so many baffling options that only 1 million of 21 million eligible Medicare beneficiaries have signed up for it on their own. Many of these early adopters, along with millions of impoverished Medicaid recipients transferred into the new system automatically, have been unable to obtain their prescriptions at the
    promised discounted price. The specter of citizens going without needed medications has provoked action by several governors, some of whom have invoked emergency powers to pay for drugs. Meanwhile, the estimated cost of this plan that no one likes has already more than doubled and is now
    projected at more than $1 trillion over the next decade.

    read more: http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/the_big_idea/2006/01/drug_addled.html

    • MonieTalks

      Yep…Bush’s Medicare expansion was flawless (/snark)

      A study by The New England Journal of Medicine, published as the new program went into effect on Jan. 1, warned that 42 million Medicare beneficiaries and their physicians were being besieged by pharmaceutical plans that few could understand.

      The first three weeks have been catastrophic. More than a dozen states have had to pitch in to provide emergency supplies, and some of them are seeking reimbursement from the federal government.

      http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/0120/p09s02-cods.html

      • jziglar

        Thank you for pointing this out. It seems that people forget what was said about the Prescription Drug Plan roll out. The program is working today and hardly anyone complains about it.

        Every major program has had some glitches and I expect that the ACA website will be worked out and in a Year or two no one will be talking about glitches.

        • trose1

          Donut hole

          • JojoRaze

            which ACA closes by 2020.

          • trose1

            Yes, probably 2 late for my mom.

          • creolechild

            Trose,

            The Affordable Care Act includes benefits to make your Medicare prescription drug coverage (Part D) more affordable. When you’re in the coverage gap (also called the “donut hole”) in your Medicare prescription drug coverage, you’ll get the
            following:

            •A discount on covered brand-name drugs when youbuy them at a pharmacy or order them through themail.

            •Some coverage for generic and brand-name drugs.

            •You can expect additional savings on your brand-name and generic drugs during the coverage gap over the next several years until it’s closed in 2020.[....]

            Read more: http://www.medicare.gov/Pubs/pdf/11493.pdf


            The coverage gap closes by maintaining the 50%
            discount the manufacturers offer and increasing what
            Medicare drug plans cover.

  • Kennymack1971

    Good morning POU. So the ACA website glitches are going to be the new “we’ve got him this time!” meme. Just like “He’ll never pass healthcare!”, “BENGHAZI!”, “IRS,IRS!” and a list too long to mention. Bottom line: website glitches (which will be fixed) and all, Obamacare is here to stay and it will succeed. Period.

    *Gets ready for Cowboys-Eagles*

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

    Fam, you have GOTS to try this recipe for dandelion greens! Yes, you read correctly…dandelion greens!

    Dandelion Greens with Double Garlic: http://markbittman.com/dandelion-greens-with-double-garlic/

    Enjoy!

    • Alma98

      My mom said they ate dandelion greens all the time in the south. And my Hmong neighbors picks them and cooks them.

    • conlakappa

      Uncle Junior about Feech LaMotta’s dandelion salad, “[spitting] WTF? That tasted like fescue!” I kid, I kid, I used to have a salad Nicoise that had dandelion greens when I lived in Italy. It was delicious.

    • Aquagranny911

      Good share! I love the dandelion greens when I can get them. Have you ever had the fresh flowers, battered & deep fried. Really Delish!

  • trose1

    My mother is on SSI and gets medicare. Every year there is open enrollment to sign up for insurance. She gets a ton of mail about different policies etc. It is confusing as hell. She is not computer literate and I have to wade through all of this bs to come up with a answer.

    I heard no one complaining about the process seniors have been going through for years just to sign up/maintain medicare. I wonder how many seniors have to go through this process with little or no help.

    Now with ACA we are to expect a flawless website? A flawless process? People need to get their heads out their asses (sorry) and try to help instead of complaining.

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

      You make a VERY good point about Medicare enrollment.

  • MonieTalks

    My mom is enrolled in the PCIP (pre-existing insurance plan) which is set to expire when ACA kicks in. We had some trouble logging in after she initially set up an account. However, I read the directions for those having trouble logging in…followed the directions regarding cookies, etc. and the problem was resolved. We figured it out because we NEEDED to. I have sat on the phone with American manufacturers for products, sometimes an HOUR or more to resolve product issues. Where are the calls to shut these companies down. People need to cut this shit out acting like they have never had problems resolving an issue.

    Microsoft sent out an update about 2 weeks ago which screwed up other programs at work..we could not even access important
    documents regarding patient’s medical records. The ICD-10 Medical codes was originally supposed to be in effect Oct.1st but was kicked back until next year. But IT and the coding vendors forgot and gave our coding dept. a headache for an entire week. We still had to work and get our coding and reimbursement claims out. Complain and look for solutions..okay. But what is the end-goa of that l. All this talk of delaying Obamacare…fuck that.

    People need to stop acting brand new. Every time I engage in customer service, I get the run-around. Folks need to stop acting brand new…GTFOH with that mess, like you didn’t wait 2 hours to talk to a representative half-way around the world whose accent you could hardly understand at times.

    • trose1

      Thanks u LOL I have never seen anything like this. I guess PBO is supposed to be a master of systems and command the ACA website to work flawlessly.

    • JojoRaze

      That’s why I’m not falling for the okey-doke. I clearly remember the Medicare Part D roll out and it was a, mess but no one was calling to rescind the law. The criticism of ACA website is not constructive because the people complaining aren’t offering solutions or the states whose exchanges are being run by te feds aren’t saying, ‘You know what, let us run this ourselves because NY, CA, OR, and KY are running their exchanges successfully, ‘ this is just shade throwing to get the admin to delay the individual mandate to give the Repubs a victory that they couldn’t get via the shutdown. m

      • conlakappa

        Or defining failure.

      • jds09

        At the end of the day, when the numbers are in, once again our hapless media has missed the story. The website is not the only way to enroll. In Oregon, government workers enrolled SNAP recipients and in California, starting in November health care workers who staff community clinics will be able to enroll people. Folks are quietly getting this done and with 427,000 enrolled are ahead of schedule. When the administration formally reports its numbers in mid-November, as usual, it will shut the critics down. It will be SCOREBOARD again.

        • qosine

          This is exactly what’s happening, jds09.
          “Folkd are quietly getting this done and with 427,000 enrolled are ahead of schedule.”
          Looking back, that’s how voter registration
          worked too in 2012. While calling out the
          draconian Voter ID laws, Dems were still
          working everyday to get people IDs and registered.

          • conlakappa

            The MSM will pivot onto something else quicker than try can say, “Bob is your uncle.” I am thinking it will be declaring the President a lame duck/presenting him as a Garbo-like figure singing “Is that all there is?” Then maybe they will go out and make some black friends!
            There was definitely a Hillary bent to news this weekend: she appeared at a T-Mac rally yesterday, Capricia Marshall was saluted recently and covered in Style, and Mary Steenburgen was profiled on CBS Sunday Morning, complete with footage of her besties. Campaign by insinuation–I guess it is cheaper that way!

  • jds09

    Ok POU Fam it’s confession time. I was talking to my little brother (by 3 years) yesterday about Preachers of LA. I was informed that we went to elementary school with Pastor Cheney’s FATHER not the son as I posted.. What can I say? He looks just like him and I refuse to acknowledge my age. Ahhhh… reality intrudes. lol

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

    First Yeezy brings a white Jesus on stage, and now he’s selling Confederate flag merchandise on his tour: http://instagram.com/p/fq6WIhsmK-/#

    Kanye West does not care about Black people.

    • trose1

      Lord help us!

      • jds09

        There are no words. Wow.

    • Kennymack1971

      *Sigh* Kanye, come on man.

      • Alma98

        I love this pic!

      • EpiphanySweet

        Kanye is a lost cause. Black folks need to leave him alone. He is not a genius just a deeply flawed black man who needs to get some psychiatric help to deal with the sudden death of his mom. He has not handled it well.

    • rikyrah

      you gotta be kidding me…
      the Confederate flag?
      KNEEGROW, PLEASE

  • trose1

    MSNBC has rolled out a new website and I guess people are on twitter complaining about it not working.
    LMBAO

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

      Someone should be fired. /snark

      • Guns3000

        If people have to go through msnbc.com for health insurance then yes

        • JojoRaze

          And there goes the point over your head…AGAIN. The point is that new websites are always glitchy and nothing is perfect. The gnashing of teeth about the site is outsized and proves how the goalpost is ALWAYS moved when it comes to PBO.

          • Guns3000

            There you go with the “all new sites are screwed up” logic. I hope you don’t live your life that way. My dad still kicked my ass if I screwed up even if the neighbor’s kids screwed up as well. What type of low achievement mantra do you live by?

          • JojoRaze

            I live my life knowing people do fail, especially when stuff is new and knowing that if I want something done well, i have to wait. Who was fired over the debacle that was Medicare Part D roll out. And why didn’t people ask for the head of hhs to resign during it? This ain’t nothing but some white man’s ice is colder mess. Give it time. They’ll work it out. And again, the @^ states who’s exchanges are being run have the option to run their own exchanges…they still can take the reins. If t hey are acting in good faith with their critique, they would do that.

          • crazycanuck

            I’m still laughing, it’s a website, it really isn’t that deep. Get more IT people on it, and keep working at it, that is how it’s done. Not deep people.

          • Admiral_Komack

            When Apple rolls out a new version of their operating system for the iPhone I usually wait a day or two before downloading it.
            I don’t have a problem and even if I did I wouldn’t smash my iPhone or call for Tim Cook’s head on a platter.

          • gn

            Life is not perfect Guns and neither are people, and you can’t beat perfection into human beings. You just do the best you can. They have half a million people newly enrolled in health insurance, some of them sick and rejected previously. What’s wrong with saying “wow, good job” rather than “well, why you aint get more.” Life is too short for that foolishness. THANK YOU to everyone who is trying to help someone else. Most people don’t bother, so it’s good to appreciate those who do, no?

        • Alma98

          Sordelei?

    • conlakappa

      Nelson Muntz, please, take it or me away!

    • rikyrah

      I hate it

  • trose1

    Anyone see “12 years a slave” yet? I am interested in what u think of the movie. Please comment. I cannot see it until next week.

    • Alma98

      I haven’t seen it yet trose and probably will wait for dvd release.
      I can’t watch movies like this in the theater I get so emotional.

      • TyrenM

        Leaving the theater…bad time/place to go to jail.

        • Alma98

          LOL

      • crazycanuck

        Joy Reid said it was a tough one to watch.

    • rikyrah

      My sister went to see it yesterday. She never goes to movies a second time, but told me she will go see it with me next weekend.
      I have no problem seeing it in the theater, but I need to see it with a sizeable Black audience. …and right now, in ‘limited release’…all the ‘ limited release’ are in neighborhoods..well, where we don’t live.

      • conlakappa

        Just step out right as the credits roll lest you be subjected to apology-eyes or some crying white folks wanting you to hug them to make them feel better. I lived through Roots reactions as a kid so it won’t be unfamiliar soil.

  • Alma98

    Good morning POU.

    • rikyrah

      Good Afternoon, Alma :)

      • Alma98

        Afternoon rikyrah :)

    • qosine

      Good Afternoon, Alma!

      • Alma98

        Afternoon qosine!

  • conlakappa

    By the by, Nancy Wilson brings it in concert. She is awesome! I was fortunate to have seen her perform in Rock Creek Park back when the Park Service used to have summer concerts. They went from free to low cost to gone in budget cuts.

    • Worldwatcher7

      Hi conlakappa & everyone in POU-land!

      I just had to de-lurk to sing Fancy Ms. Nancy’s praises. She is generous and fun (playful) in concert, and hits those notes like a tuning fork. A true master, and always elegant and gorgeous on stage. I envy you for catching a free concert, but she’s a bargain at any price.

      Thanks for featuring her today Sepia.

      • conlakappa

        This is what I am saying! She is a consummate professional. It doesn’t feel like she is doing you a favor but that she has the joy of performing. I was fortunate to see her, Sarah Vaughn, Shirley Bassey, and Betty Carter at different times in my 20s. Other than Miss Carter looking like she might cut you if you looked at her sideways, the performances of all of these ladies sound like your description.
        I did pay for Miss Nancy Wilson at least once. I think she came to Carter Barron annually and it sold out quickly.

    • sagittarius

      HI, conlakappa!

      Nancy Wilson is the epitome of a professional song interpreter. Genre doesn’t matter; what matters is a well crafted song that allows her to showcase her distinctive phrasing with a caress, growl or crisp diction, sometimes all in the same sentence.

  • creolechild

    Good afternoon POU.

    How Congress Just Stuck It to Monsanto

    Other than reopening the government and averting a global financial crisis, one good thing about the funding bill passed last night was that it put an end to a corporate giveaway known colloquially as the Monsanto Protection Act.[....] Republican Senator Roy Blunt worked with the genetically modified seed giant Monsanto to craft the initial rider, and it was slipped into a funding resolution that passed in March.[...]

    Jon Tester, a farmer and Democratic senator from Montana, removed the measure from the bill yesterday.[....] Meanwhile, Monsanto is facing at least sixteen lawsuits for failing to contain genetically modified wheat, which was found growing on an Oregon farm earlier this year. Concerns about the company’s aggressive patent policies and their implications for food sovereignty are global[....]

    Read more: http://www.thenation.com/blog/176719/how-congress-just-stuck-it-monsanto

    H/T Zoe Carpenter

  • crazycanuck

    I find it so amusing, this website glitches thing. I was putting it down to a bunch of old people who don’t know anything about websites.

    Here is a story. I wanted to buy some natural soap from an American site. I was having all kinds of trouble, with my address, my card. The site telling me my address didn’t match my card, which it did, that the number was wrong, which it wasn’t. I tried and tried, getting royally pissed off by the minute. I finally called the company, who could’t figure it out. We eventually got it figured out. IT TOOK 3 DAYS. I got the dam soap though. I kept at it. Remember this was NOT a site that was just rolling this out lol. People are making way too much out of this. And firing someone for this is JUST PLAIN STUPID.

  • creolechild

    Employers Probably Increased Hiring: U.S. Economy Preview

    [....] Employers probably added more workers last month than in August and the jobless rate held at the lowest level since 2008, indicating the economy was gaining momentum before the fiscal gridlock in Washington forced some federal agencies to close for 16 days.[....] Even as the debate on fiscal policy heated up last month, retailers began announcing plans to add workers for the holiday-shopping season.

    Wal-Mart Stores Inc., is hiring 55,000 seasonal employees, a 10 percent rise from last year. Target Corp. said it plans to take on about 70,000 workers, or 20 percent fewer than a year earlier. Kohl’s Corp. will add about 53,000 workers for the holiday season, about the same as last year.[....]

    Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-10-20/employers-probably-increased-hiring-u-s-economy-preview.html

    H/T Shobhana Chandra

  • creolechild

    The Most Innovative Homeless Service You’ve Never Heard Of

    [....] These are the little inconveniences that can make it extraordinarily difficult for a homeless person to satisfy a single need. And there are so many others besides a bus pass: a shelter bed, a spot on the low-income housing waiting list, health care, a haircut, food.[....] But an innovative program from San Francisco is changing the game with a simple idea: bring all the service providers under one roof for an all-day fair. Project Homeless Connect (PHC) began in 2004 under then-Mayor Gavin Newsom.

    If someone doesn’t have an ID for a bus pass, she doesn’t have to schlep across town to get one and come back tomorrow, because the DMV has a booth set up at the event. She doesn’t need to sign up for an appointment with a doctor or optometrist or dentist weeks in advance; she can walk up and be seen immediately. It’s a one-stop homeless shop, and it’s helped over 70,000 people in San Francisco alone over the last decade.[...]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2013/10/18/2779251/project-homeless-connect/

    H/T Scott Keyes

  • creolechild

    Transforming Milwaukee’s Vacant Lots Into A New Agricultural Economy

    When the foreclosure crisis hit Milwaukee, the city was already reeling from the loss of 70,000 manufacturing jobs and gowing poverty rate. Yet an opportunity emerged to create a local food movement.

    Now the Home Gr/own initiative is turning Milwaukee’s thousands of vacant lots and idled citizens into a source of food and jobs. Through the program, some of Milwaukee’s 2,700 vacant lots and 1,300 foreclosed homes are now being repurposed for local food production, processing, and distribution.(WATCH an introductory video below)

    Read more: http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/usa/usa/transforming-milwaukee-vacant-lots-into-agricultural-economy.html

    H/T FastCoExist and GNN

    • Alma98

      I drive past some of theses places a couple of times a week. I don’t know if this will help neighborhoods in trouble but something has to be done.

  • crazycanuck

    Finally! I waited till the old one just couldn’t go any further lol

  • creolechild

    Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes Doubles Lead Against Mitch McConnell In KY Senate Race

    [....] According to the latest PPP Poll, Alison Grimes has a two point lead in her race to unseat the incumbent Mitch McConnell. The 45-43 advantage comes as a whopping 60 percent of Kentuckians opposed the shutdown.

    But it gets even worse for the incumbent. The poll also shows that Ms. Grimes is supported by a sizable 18 percent of GOP voters in the state. Furthermore, 48 percent of Kentucky voters say they are less likely to vote for Mitch McConnell compared to 34 percent who say they are more likely[....]

    Read more: http://www.addictinginfo.org/2013/10/19/mitch-mcconnell-alison-lundergan-senate/

    H/T Stephen D. Foster Jr.

    • goldenstar

      I was wondering about this race. She’s a strong candidate.

  • creolechild

    Man Picks Up Restaurant Tab After Overhearing Diagnosis

    [....] “While waiting tables tonight, a mother and daughter started crying mid-meal,” wrote the waiter in a Reddit post. “I had no idea what
    happened until a single guy at the table next to them handed me this
    note with his bill. He posted a picture of the note that read, ‘Do me a favor and bring me their check too. Someone just got diagnosed.”

    “Faith in humanity, restored,” wrote the waiter, known on Reddit as Whiskkas.[....]

    Read more: http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/inspired/man-picks-up-tab-after-overhearing-diagnosis.html

    H/T Whiskkas, Maja, and GNN

  • rikyrah

    Tennessee Supreme Court Upholds Voter Suppression Law, Despite Lack Of Voter Fraud in State

    By Josh Israel on October 18, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Tennessee’s Supreme Court upheld a voter photo identification law on Thursday, deciding unanimously that because the state law included an exception for those voters who are “indigent and unable to obtain proof of identification without payment of a fee,” it did not impose an undue burden. But the court acknowledged that in-person voter fraud is rare and has only been “documented in other parts of the country” — not in Tennessee.

    The state law was enacted in 2011. After local libraries began issuing free photo identification cards, the GOP-controlled state legislature amended the law in April to exclude these as a valid form of voter identification. The high court said that even this more-restrictive requirement was acceptable, because the law allows voters to get a free voter ID card with certain proof of identity.

  • sagittarius

    Good afternoon, Fam!

    Hope the day is going well!

    • rikyrah

      Good Afternoon, sag.
      Hope you’re having a good weekend.

      • sagittarius

        Hi, rikyrah!

        A bit in the doldrums… but I will be OK. I think it’s because I slept like crap last night.

        • Alma98

          I feel crappy too but it’s my sinuses, I have to bring out my humidifier.

    • Alma98

      Good afternoon sagi!

      • sagittarius

        Afternoon, Alma!

  • Miranda

    Afternooon thread is up!