April 16, 2014

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

GOOD MORNING P.O.U.!

 As you enjoy your Sunday breakfast/brunch, check out the sounds of Esperanza Spaulding live at the 33th Leverkusener Jazztage 2012.

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  • sagittarius

    Morning, POU Fam!

    Just finished viewing the homegoing service of the Honorable Nelson R. Mandela. South Africa put him away nicely, as the elders like to say.

    It was very easy to see the direct cultural line from the US Black Church back to (South) Africe during this service. Try as they might, the enemy could not erase our cultural traditions during slavery, Reconstruction and Jim Crow. African Americans have retained important parts of our African cultural heritage as evidenced by this service.

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

    Going to bed… catch you a little later.

    • Miranda

      Its being replayed on The Africa Channel now and I’m watching it. Its so moving.

    • rikyrah

      ICAM sag…

      thanks for this

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good Sunday MornTin’ —http://www.pics22.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/sagittarius-green-glitter-graphic-for-fb-share.gif sagittatius.♥ :>) – - –

      —I watched a bit of it. – — Soooo MOVING.♥ – - -

      – -THIS: – - - Try as they might, the enemy could not erase our cultural traditions during slavery, Reconstruction and Jim Crow. African Americans have retained important parts of our African cultural heritage as evidenced by this service. – - -AMEN♥
      Have a BLESSED day. :>) – –

    • Alma98

      Good morning sagi!
      I missed it, it sounds wonderful, I’ll have to find it online somewhere and watch it.

  • Miranda

    This is why pinhead Rove mad now? LMAO..in case anyone missed it:

    • jds09

      Ruh roh….let’s do some math because Rove loves math! There’s 42 million black folks in America. Obamacare needs 7 million sign-up to be viable. And everybody knows you can convince black people to do anything, if there’s a nice beat to it. It’s trouble for the GOP.

      • BoomerGal

        Sad but true.

  • Miranda

    Teenager spends 3 years in jail and charges dropped

    NEW YORK (WABC) — 20-year-old Kalief Browder may be physically free, but mentally he is still trapped behind bars on Rikers, where every day was a battle to survive.

    “It’s very hard when you are dealing with dudes that are big and have weapons and shanks and there are gangs,” says Browder, “you know if you don’t give your phone call up, or you don’t give them what they want you know they are going to jump you. And it’s very scary.”

    In May of 2010, Browder was a 16-year-old tenth grader, walking home on Arthur Avenue in the Bronx after a party. “This guy comes out of nowhere and says I robbed him. And the next thing I know they are putting cuffs on me. I don’t know this dude. And I do over three years for something I didn’t do.”

    Browder’s family couldn’t make the $10,000 bail on the robbery charges, and he had a legal aid attorney. Browder is now represented by a civil rights law firm.

    “Someone who did not know Kalief Browder, and simply told the police officer, ‘Officer I was robbed two weeks ago and that kid did it’, that’s where it ended. That was the identification,” said Browder’s attorney, Paul Prestia. Browder said that at the time, the stress was overwhelming, and at some point he tried to commit suicide.

    “I mean like every time I go to court, I think I’m, going home, and I go to court, and absolutely nothing happens,” adds Browder, “I was feeling so much pain, and it was all balling in my head, and I just had to grab my head and I can’t take it.”

    He missed his sister’s wedding, the birth of his nephew, and so many family events. In January, Browder says he was offered a plea deal after 33 Months in jail, which he refused.

    more here: http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=news/investigators&id=9317078

    • crazycanuck

      There needs to be some serious consequences for anyone who does this. This is happening to often. This is three years of his life he lost, and who knows what mentally. The person involved in this injustice, should get the same time served. This young man needs to be compensated.

      • edp4bho

        “should get the same time served.”

        Oh, if only. If only.

    • jds09

      This is horrible. I hope he gets some serious compensation.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good Morntin’ Miranda♥ – - -***BIG HUG*** :>)

      Sooo happy 4 this FIRST STEP in the resolution of this –IN-Justice.!! — -BLESS U♥ –Mr. Kalief.

      NOW –LOOKIN’ FORWARD 2 – - -THI$: — - Browder is now represented by a civil rights law firm. – —

      Prayin’ 4 YOUR daily RECOVERY. – - -
      – – — -☺http://api.ning.com/files/*XRvw01Hq5mNFZWCeMUJ*y4iKK*63SFqXDFQXe1NuE3wg*Kmr0buPPR8cvB6OR*jzKb7F8xzT2bIimksVneHudRhC0qi4ncf/sendingprayers6.jpg AMEN♥ —

      Good 2 C U Miranda♥ – - – -Have a good day. :>)

    • rikyrah

      they need to cut the fucking check to this young man and keep it walking.

    • Kennymack1971

      1) This kid needs to be compensated. 2) Whoever is behind this injustice needs to pay and pay dearly.

      • Alma98

        That goes for the arresting officer the accuser and the prosecutor. Where is the person who accused him in the first place? None of it makes any sense.

    • Tafr

      So the Judge tried to get the kid to agree to a plea deal knowing the kid was innocent??? Why isn’t her ass disbarred and in jail?

    • qosine

      Clearly he doesn’t “suffer from ‘Affluenza.’”

  • Miranda

    Good grief, no wonder folks have Americans. On Cspan3 right now is a discussion on how James Bond is really more American than British. Seriously.

    Apparently its a replay:
    History professor Jonathan Nashel speaks at the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC about James Bond – the fictional British Secret Agent 007. Despite having been created by a British author, Nashel argues that Bond is, in many ways, American – a cowboy-like figure who symbolizes the American Dream.

    http://www.c-span.org/Events/James-Bond-An-American-Hero/10737441859/

    • Tafr

      LMAO next they will be claiming Dr. Who and Harry Potter.

      • Miranda

        They tried it with Mary Poppins and got Carrie Underwood clowned over it. LOL

    • qosine

      C-Span is mostly right wing central.

      • conlakappa

        It’s in the same building in D.C. as Faux. No other theoretically unaffiliated networks have the same set up.

  • GreenLadyHere

    - -GOOD SUNDAY MORNTIN’ Sepia♥/POU FAM♥ —RISE – -SHINE – –Annnnd GIVE GOD The GLORY 4 ALL HIS BLESSINGS -INCLUDING The LIFE of –OUR BELOVED Dear MADIBA♥ - – AMEN :>)

    – - – –☻http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/nelson-mandela/10499236/Funeral-service-for-Nelson-Mandela-held-in-his-home-village-of-Qunu.html Funeral service for Nelson Mandela held in his home village of Qunu – - – -

    — – - – -Nelson Mandela’s remains were returned to his beloved rural childhood village of Qunu on the eve of a traditional burial, the final leg of his exceptional 95-year journey.

    On Saturday afternoon a funeral cortege with his flag-draped casket entered the gates of Mr Mandela’s homestead in the remote village of Qunu, accompanied by a phalanx of military vehicles.

    Mr Mandela is being buried near the homestead, ending 10 days of national mourning and global tributes for the prisoner-turned-president who transformed his country and inspired the world.
    [Watched a little of this. :>) THANK U - - -Dear MADIBA♥]
    –Sepia♥ – - -REALLY enjoy the MUSIC of Ms. Esperanza. “Smooth Sounds.” :>) THANK U. :>)

    ——☻ENJOY Your TREAT♥. – - -B BLESSED 2-day♥ – - – -

    • Alma98

      Good morning GLH, cc sent her super cold weather to us and it’s freezing today lol. You have a good day and blessings to you and the family.

      • crazycanuck

        So you think i wouldn’t notice this all the way down here huh lol. GLH knows the REAL story.

        • Alma98

          hahahahahahahaha!!!

  • jds09

    Good Morning POU fam!

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good Sunday MornTin’ jds09. ***BIG HUG***:>)
      Good 2 C U. :>)

      • jds09

        Morning GLH!

        • GreenLadyHere

          :>) jds09 — -Have a BLESSED day. :>)

    • Alma98

      Good morning jds!

  • GreenLadyHere

    - -Sepia♥ – - – -CONGRATULATIONS R In ORDER: – –:>)

    — -2013 Heisman Trophy speech video: Jameis Winston becomes youngest winner of award – - -

    – - – -At 19 years old, Jameis Winston has become the youngest player ever to win the Heisman Trophy award, winning out over fellow finalists Johnny Manziel, Jordan Lynch, Andre Williams, Tre Mason and A.J. McCarron.

    —-First and foremost I just want to thank God and the Heisman trustees and the past Heisman winners for allowing this dream to come true.

    So many people instilled in me trust and the process. From there, know the truth. I trusted in the process when I was playing for the Bessemer Tigers, won my first championship when I was 14 years old.
    THERE IS MORE – - —-BLESS U NOW annnd in the FUTURE. . :>)

    • rikyrah

      A grown Black man calling his father – Daddy – for everyone to hear. I love it.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥ – - -BEST Wishes 2 THIS newest Ambassador: – -:>)

    — –Ambassador Kennedy: A star is born – –

    – - -“She’s going to be enormously well received not only by the Japanese government, but by the Japanese people. She’s a serious person,” said Mondale, who was struck by the outpouring of public enthusiasm around Kennedy’s visit with the imperial family: “When she took her short buggy ride to meet the imperial family, there were thousands of people outside on the route cheering her on. Every new ambassador takes that route, but no one’s gotten the reception that she received.”

    – — – ☺http://static.tvgcdn.net/MediaBin/Galleries/Celebrities/S_Z/Ta_Th/Ted_Kennedy/1/ted-kennedy19.jpg – –

    She is VERY SUPPORTIVE of MR. PRESIDENT♥. :>)

    • edp4bho

      I really really like her.

  • jds09
    • rikyrah

      they need to come and put him in a home

    • Alma98

      WTH! Why is he doing over there?

      • conlakappa

        Searching further [and farther, I guess] for his relevance. He is powerless in the Senate, due to his party’s term-limiting-on-chairmanships rules so has to justify any face time.

    • edp4bho

      Morning POU. LOL, McCain really wanted that presidency!!

      • Alma98

        He looks like he’s saying (“over here take my picture”) lol. The people look like they’re saying who the hell are you?

  • isonprize
    • crazycanuck

      that is so cool

    • rikyrah

      one of the coolest pictures – EVER

      • isonprize

        I woke up to this on personal facebook page. VERY cool!

        We ALWAYS make the best out of bad situations (and yes, I consider snow a ‘bad situation’…LOLOL)

        • BoomerGal

          But it’s not! LOL!!!

    • Alma98

      I love it!

      • crazycanuck

        I just noticed the afro pic lol

        • Alma98

          LOL

    • BoomerGal

      That is THE SHIT!!! RIGHT ON RIGHT ON!!!!

  • isonprize

    oh by the way, the snow covered Sphinx and Pyramids of Giza were faked, photoshopped. I feel hoodwinked, bamboozled, misled. LOLOL

  • Alma98

    Good morning all.

    • rikyrah

      Good Morning, Alma.

      After working yesterday,. just gonna enjoy this Sunday and only do wash and loaf.

      • Alma98

        Good morning rikyrah :)
        Sorry you had to work on the weekend, we snowblowed and shoveled twice yesterday. Enjoy your loafing around lol. I hope the snow lets up so my baby girl can come home lol.

    • qosine

      Good Afternoon, Alma.
      Soon Alma, Jr will be home!!

  • lamh36

    Good morning peeps. I’m on break at work and wanted to say hi.

    Gonna spend rest of day with my sister. Her boyfriend
    broke up with her. He told her He never liked her he never wanted to be with her & was just using her for sex. He was already talking to someone building a relationship. He said he never had any plans to be with her &, that she was just something to do. That he could never settle down with someone like her.

    This is the sister I was talking about a while back when I was discussing how I was uncomfortable with the whole relationship. Well sadly seems I was right to be worried.

    Anyway she’s coming over after I get off today and I’m gonna try my best to console her by doing the big sis thing. I already told her “funk him” he wasn’t worth her time or her tears.

    • Alma98

      Morning lamh, I’m sorry your sister is going through this.
      It’ sounds like he’s saying those things to her to make her feel unwanted and to crush her spirit. Obviously he did want her because he was with her. He’s talking outta his ass now cause he’s found another woman who he’ll do the same thing to. Tell your sister it hurts now but don’t take his words to heart. Like you said he’s not worth her tears.

    • EpiphanySweet

      That is so effed up. May karma bite him in the arse!!

      • Lisa M

        Karma never loses!!! He will get his back and then some. PAB! These kind of things just piss me off!!

    • Town

      Wow, that’s rather cruel.

      • jds09

        That kind of cruelty was not about Lamh’s sister. He has some big problems.

        • Alma98

          Yes he does jds.

          • jds09

            She’s in pain now, but she dodged a bullet.

          • Alma98

            Yep, he has some serious issues going on.

        • conlakappa

          Maybe. Or he’s just an a-hole. Some people are just unkind. I think he’ll get the life he deserves, when operating with such unkindness.

          • crazycanuck

            yeah i”m going for no. 2

    • isonprize

      my two cents. I would ask her how she feels. I wouldn’t focus as much on him as I would focus on her. ( He sounds mean and immature. I already feel bad for his next girlfriend.)

      What did sis learn from him? What did she like and dislike about him? What changes did she make in herself, both good and bad, from being with him? In other words, take the best and leave the rest.

      Go dancing or get a new hairstyle or a pedicure!! LOLOL I have learned not to eat my way out of a bad breakup. The ten lbs NEVER helps.

      I can honestly look back at some wretched relationships that I had and realize that I did learn something from him AND from me. I learned to listen to myself much more, but also not hold nonsense against the next guy. I call BS as soon as I see it/feel it/smell it and give ‘em one, ONE, UNO, chance to fix it.

    • BoomerGal

      Suggest reading Steve Harvey’s book. It may sound cliché but it speaks truth.

    • sagittarius

      “When people show you who they are, believe them.” – Maya Angelou

      I am so sorry this happened to your sister, lamh. He wasn’t worth her. Dude needs to take advantage of that Obamacare and get some counseling… he got issues.

    • conlakappa

      Hope she takes care,

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

      I’m so sorry to hear this. What an asshole!

      Your sis may not realize it now, but rejection truly is God’s Protection.

  • Alma98

    I know it’s Sunday but I have to tell y’all about this nonsense. Ok my daughter called me laughing in disgust. She followed a link to huffpo about a video called vagina knitting, yes you heard right. A woman was knitting a scarf but she had the yarn in her vagina it came out as she was knitting. No I didn’t check it out but can you say ewwww!

  • crazycanuck

    Truth and really good conversation happening

    pdxPinay ‏@pdxPinay4m
    I am not here for White feminists who think women in the Philippines and other “poor Asian countries” need saving #NotYourAsianSidekick

    Sook Min ‏@doloresonthedot 38m
    I am #NotYourAsianSidekick when you try to recruit me into oppressing my fellow people of colour. I WILL fight against you.

    • jds09

      This is a great thread, I’m following it now.

    • Tafr

      LMAO White feminist cannot even get the white women here to vote in their own best interest.

    • rikyrah

      uh uh uh

  • isonprize

    Another one from my Facebook page…

    AFFLUENZA v. HIGH HOOD PRESSURE
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Okaayyy, I’m feelin’ some kinda way about this “AFFLUENZA” defense. I mean, I think I’m starting to like it … and its underprivileged counter-part, “HIGH HOOD PRESSURE”. Don’t worry, I know it’s legally legit because I just made it up.

    For all the wrong I’ve done (even from a very young age), my defense should well have been “HIGH HOOD PRESSURE”. Caught ‘urinating in public’ in an alley on the way home from school – “HIGH HOOD PRESSURE”. Caught smoking behind the church in 7th
    grade (I didn’t even like smoking back then, but…) – “HIGH HOOD
    PRESSURE”. ‘Drinking While Ditching School’ in the 11th grade – “HIGH HOOD PRESSURE”. Cheating on my girlfriend, Slinging that Stuff, Assault & Battery, and that Armed Robbery (that really wasn’t even ME) – “HIGH HOOD PRESSURE”.

    From the time a child of a ‘lower economic upbringing’ is let outside without parental supervision he/she is increasingly exposed to this insidious and deadly disease. Because of inadequate educational institutions and even less adequate medical facilities, my condition was never recognized until I just m̶a̶d̶e̶ ̶i̶t̶ ̶u̶p̶ diagnosed myself this morning.

    In just the last 2 hours I’ve diagnosed as many as 7 children and over a dozen teenagers and adults with this recently recognized epidemic. Yet, more research needs to be done. Contact me for more information on how you can help ‘fight the rise’ and ‘stem the spread’ of this nations 2nd leading cause of premature stress (in some cases) – “HIGH HOOD PRESSURE”.

    Help me get this word out before it’s too late. FAR TOO MANY HAVE SUFFERED FOR FAR TOO LONG!!!

  • crazycanuck

    Una Lee ‏@lovexjustice42m
    How my body is white-like when used to divide and conquer POCs and yellow when WW worry I’ll steal their man/job

    • jziglar

      So what happened ? What started this conversation ?

      • jds09

        Suey Park decided to moderate a convo about Asian-american feminism. I’m learning a lot.

        • jziglar

          Thanks crazycanuck and jds09 for explaining what happened.

      • crazycanuck

        Not sure but I think it was started by Suey Park ‏@suey_park

  • Miranda

    South African President Jacob Zuma sings controversial song at Nelson Mandela funeral

    Khehla Shubane explains the controversy surrounding the song sung by Pres. Jacob Zuma at the funeral of Nelson Mandela.

    • sagittarius

      When Pres. Zuma started singing this song, it strongly reminded me of a spiritual a US Black minister might sing before beginning a eulogy.

      Leave it to CNN International to start some isht. This song was spontaneously sung by supporters outside of the court after the verdict sentencing Nelson Mandela to life in prison was read. It is historical and absolutely appropriate for this gathering.

      I disagree with Mr. Shubane, who seems to suggest that in the next reconciliation, Black South Africans should stop singing the song because it irritates Afrikkaners. Tough. Apartheid did a lot more than irritate Blacks and Coloreds – it killed many of them.

      2520s seem to be the same all over the world… trying to make isht about them when it isn’t. This is Nelson Mandela’s homegoing… who is CNN to judge?

      • crazycanuck

        Who cares what ‘irrates Afrikkaners’, is he for real.

      • Alma98

        I don’t even call them Afrikkaners. I call them British which is what they are.

        • sagittarius

          Also Dutch. But I hear you.

          • Alma98

            Yeah them too, I forgot lol.

          • sagittarius

            Just posted the third paragraph on the YouTube comments. Will also post the second.

        • Aquagranny911

          Technically Afrikkaners are Dutch & the British are just British. The Afrikkaners (Dutch) swept into South Africa in the early 1800′s, kicked the native peoples to the curb & set up huge homesteads on the fertile lands where they farmed & raised cattle & so forth.

          Their descendants figure that they have a divine right to rule, hold all of South Africa & its vast wealth while abusing & using the black people. They still hold or did in 2003 over 96% of the wealth of SA. I understand that is changing slowly. A huge issue right now is for black people to get their lands back that were stolen when apartheid was enforced.

          I usually don’t say this collectively about a group of people but Afrikkaners are just nasty people, selfish & racist from what I saw in South Africa when I was there. There must be a few decent ones but I didn’t meet any. Just saying…

          • Alma98

            There are white Brits who call themselves Africans. My daughter met one in school and she insisted on being called south African. When you think about how so many country’s wealth and success came at the expense of Africa it’s staggering.

          • Aquagranny911

            Yeah, the Brits will call themselves African or South African if they were born or live there. They certainly are no rose buds themselves & did their own share of exploiting but it was the Vortrekkers (Dutch, Afrikkaners) who are some real shits.

            My two pesos…

          • Alma98

            Somehow my comment in the wrong place, try again. I hear ya AG!

          • conlakappa

            I’ve met English and Indian Africans who have very much asserted their African-ness. Both thought I was an immigrant from Africa so interesting conversations were spawned from that assumption. The white guy took the verbal abuse I hurled at him [hey, I was in my 20s and a lot more reactive!] about his being a colonial not someone who had deep ancestral ties. The Indian talked about kinship.

          • crazycanuck

            AG what ever happened to the idea of changing the name of South Africa to Azania. Any thoughts on that. I think that would be a great idea.

          • Aquagranny911

            I think that’s up to the people who live there. I would also like to see those who were robbed during Apartheid get their lands back. This is a big issue there right now.

          • crazycanuck

            I would like to see that also. I read a comment by a white SA recently who was supposedly ‘liberal’ saying, but it’s their land why should we give it back. SMH

          • Aquagranny911

            That is the attitude of so many of them “liberal” or not. For some, you have to understand that “liberal” means they don’t shoot black people on sight. It doesn’t mean they want them to have any rights to their own lands.

          • Alma98

            ICAM!

          • crazycanuck

            Can’t stand them, sorry to say.

          • qosine

            Thanks for the excellent breakdown, AG.
            I remembered an old movie called Breaker Morant, which I loved, but never really
            understand the political context and implications. It was made in Australia, so
            it was clearly sympathetic to their country
            people fighting for/on the Brits’ side.
            I’ve been trying to fit together the history
            since 1600 to present. This comparison
            below to the American South and the Boers, Boers/Afrikaners with Reagan, Tea Partiers, the Pauls, etc. makes sense.
            ….
            1899-1902 — Boer War. A virtual civil war in South Africa between the British and the Boers (descendants of the original Dutch settlers). The war had many similarities with the American civil war. The extremely racist Boers had moved away from the British to north South Africa. In Boer Land (the Orange Free State and Transvaal provinces) the farther north, the more racist the attitudes.
            . . .
            Like the American South, the Boers lost the war, but won the peace. The Boers actually emerged from the war stronger than before.
            http://www.vernonjohns.org/snuffy1186/breaker.html

          • Aquagranny911

            Gracias for this share. I decided not to get into the whole Boer war thing because the British effect on SA was always neutralized by the stronger Dutch presence. As soon as they had full political power away from the British after WWII, I think that is when they put Apartheid in over drive.

            The cold war subsequently gave them full cover to paint the black resistance as communist & get away with decades of abuse & atrocity.

          • qosine

            Yes, that totally makes sense.

          • Aquagranny911

            You might find this interesting. Durban has the largest population of Indians outside of India itself. Indians were brought in by the British after the Boer war to build the railroads. SA has a rather excellent rail system.

            For some reason, Indians did not receive the harsh treatment given to the Black native peoples during Apartheid. Many form a strong middle class of merchants & small business owners. I understand that their political clout is growing.

            It will be interesting to see how this will figure into the future of South Africa.

          • crazycanuck

            Were they not seen as ‘honorary whites’?

          • Aquagranny911

            I heard that once & I was like ‘okay whatever’ because the Afrikkaners look down on them too. It can be really weird.

          • crazycanuck

            I know Afrikkaners, really messed up all their head. I once worked with a South African who looked white, but her father was Indian, She insisted he wasn’t, but was white because his eyes were blue. I was like WTF.

          • Aquagranny911

            I know!

        • conlakappa

          Boers.

      • rikyrah

        I’m not a fan of Zuma, but fuck all them mofos thinking he should give two shyts about Afrikkaners ‘ feelings’.

        Zuma’s in the ‘ NFTG’ club – South African branch.

        • Aquagranny911

          I’m no fan of Zuma’s either. I think he’s corrupt. I was glad he did that but he probably had a political motive,

      • itgurl_29

        Only Jewish people are allowed to “never forget” But not people of color. We’re supposed to forgive and forget atrocities visited upon us by white folks.

      • Miranda

        Remember the dumb questions from CNN regarding Whitney and Michael’s homegoing services? I knew the dumb would be EXTRA strong this time.

        • sagittarius

          Chile, I had erased ALL that stupidity from the memory banks!

  • crazycanuck

    Does anyone know what the rules are to posting contemporary art. A lot of them are not in public domain, but I’m not sure I can post them here.

    • qosine

      I found this, cc.

      “Wikipaintings.org allows unlimited copying, distributing and displaying of the images of public domain artworks solely. We use here Copyright term based on authors’ deaths according to U.S. Copyright Law, that is 70 years. In other countries, the duration of copyright term may differ. Please check here copyright length according to your country’s legislation before you consider reproducing images borrowed from Wikipaintings.org

      Artworks protected by copyright are supposed to be used only for contemplation. Images of that type of artworks are prohibited for copying, printing, or any kind of reproducing and communicating to public since these activities may be considered copyright infringement.”

      http://www.wikipaintings.org/nl/About

      • crazycanuck

        thanks qosine, I’ll read it and see if I can make sense of it lol.

        • qosine

          Hey, cc. I know. lol
          I notice they have counsel, so figured
          Wiki was big enough to get called out
          on copyright, so anything posted on
          their site was fair game. I’m thinking,
          let them handle the legal action, while
          cc safely posts beautiful art:)

  • crazycanuck

    Toulouse Lautrec… The Hangover… Portrait of Suzanne Valadon

  • rikyrah

    My $55,000 Migraine, Or Why Young Americans Should Enroll in Health Insurance
    by: Katherine Haenschen
    Sat Dec 14, 2013 at 01:00 PM CST

    It’s easy for young Americans to think “Hey, I don’t need health insurance — I’m healthy!”

    That’s missing the point: the reason to sign up is not only to stay healthy, but also to avoid financial ruin in the event that disaster strikes. And strike it may, as it did for me many years ago when I was a 23-year-old working as a hostess-with-the-mostess at a fancy seafood restaurant, saving up money to go back to school.

    http://www.burntorangereport.com/diary/14528/my-55000-migraine-or-why-young-americans-should-enroll-in-health-insurance?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

  • Lisa M

    Good afternoon, POU fam!!

    I just watched Mandela and deKlerk on EncoreBlack. Definitely a must see. It helped me to have an even greater appreciation the greatness of Mandela and how the work of Christ was realized through Mandela.

    Also, did you know there was an EncoreBlack channel? I didn’t.

    One other thing. Google Play has the Time Commerative edition of Mandela for free.

    Hope yall have a most blessed Sunday!!

    • Alma98

      Afternoon Lisa!

  • rikyrah

    Affordable Care Act really does work

    .

    My daughter is self-employed in a small business. She has been paying more than $2,800 every other month for her health insurance. Her entire yearly salary pays for the cost of her current insurance.

    She received a letter from her insurance company telling her that under Obamacare, this very same policy — without any change — will cost her $625 per month. This is less than half the price of what she is currently paying, which has been highway robbery.

    http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/opinion/letters/fl-letter-sandra-richer-20131209,0,1501635.story

  • rikyrah

    On Medicaid, Shame, and Not Being Silent
    by Anonymous
    December 13, 2013 – 10:30 am

    When the Obamacare exchanges became open for enrollment this fall, I eagerly went online to check out my options for affordable health care in my state. It was exciting to know that I could potentially afford health insurance. I considered how my life would be affected: doctors’ visits, blood tests, checkups, an eye exam, a teeth cleaning—all the things I’ve longed for as an uninsured adult.

    After wading through a sea of questions about my income and expenses to determine my eligibility, I discovered what I had not considered a possibility:

    I qualify for Medicaid.

    Wow. Am I that poor? For so long I made just enough money to not qualify for Medicaid. Now, I do qualify.

    http://rhrealitycheck.org/article/2013/12/13/on-medicaid-shame-and-not-being-silent/

    • jds09

      PBO has a serious long game. ACA first cause it slides right into income equality. Brillant.

      • qosine

        This will wake up a lot of people with evidence
        in writing. PBO really does play the long game
        on the behalf of American people. No wonder
        the GOP-libertarians-arch conservatives-Tea
        Partiers-emos hate his policies.

  • crazycanuck

    Is this true? I loved Peter O’Toole

    Milt Shook ‏@MiltShook4m

    RIP Peter O’Toole… I know everyone else loved Lawrence of Arabia best, but I loved him in My Favorite Year…

    • rikyrah

      Film legend and Lawrence of Arabia star Peter O’Toole dies at the age of 81
      By Peter Lloyd

      13:05 EST, 15 December 2013

      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2524166/Film-legend-Peter-OToole-dies-age-81.html

      • crazycanuck

        Oh man, I loved him in My Favorite year also and How to Steal a Million. He was great

        • conlakappa

          A great storyteller too. RIP.

    • rikyrah

      I remember the weekend in college when my roommate did a double feature of Lawrence of Arabia and Dr. Zhivago.

      • conlakappa

        He was so beautiful in Lawrence that some critic famously said if he had any more makeup, he should be called Florence of Arabia. I think Jude Law in his younger, prettier days looked a lot like him but isn’t aging as well and get that debauched look sooner than O’Toole did.

    • rikyrah

  • crazycanuck

    Class. RIP Mr. O’Toole

    • Alma98

      May he rest in peace.

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      Great picture!

    • Miranda

      Is that Audrey Hepburn? That navy coat and white gloves match gives me LIFE!

      • crazycanuck

        yes it is, and I agree. Of course it’s probably Givenchy

      • qosine

        Love Audrey Hepburn!!
        She always carried herself on and off screen
        with class, beauty, and sophistication. Like
        our First Lady. More like these two fabulous
        women, please.

        • Aquagranny911

          She did some amazing work in Africa too. I always admired her for that.

        • crazycanuck

          They both have that wonderful ballet training

          • qosine

            You’re so right, cc!
            I hadn’t thought of that!
            Ballet training really develops
            poise, grace, and flexibility.

          • conlakappa

            Didn’t work for me! I was so awkward that a doctor recommended to my mother that ballet lessons would help give me grace. I did learn how to fall gracefully though! The one plus was giving shape to my gams.

  • rikyrah

    How U.S. Workers Rebuilt an Industry
    By Keith Naughton Dec 11, 2013 11:00 PM CT

    In June 2009, the last auto plant in Detroit was idle, mausoleum-quiet and a symbol of failure. Weeds had grown three-feet tall around Chrysler’s sprawling Jeep factory at the desolate crossroads of Jefferson and Conner as the company went dark during bankruptcy. Among the bills the near-dead automaker couldn’t afford to pay: lawn service.

    Yet on one Monday morning came the drone of lawn mowers and buzz of weed whackers — sounds of rebirth. Chrysler was emerging from Chapter 11 and something had to be done about the eyesore the plant had become. So before reopening this important factory, a small band of bosses and workers loaded their own mowers into their cars and trucks, drove them to the plant and began to clear a path for returning employees. “You know we’re bankrupt,” the plant manager, Richard Owusu, exhorted the group in his charming Ghana accent, “but let’s not look like we’re bankrupt.”

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-12-12/how-u-s-workers-rebuilt-an-industry.html

  • rikyrah

    North Carolina Shows Why the Voting Rights Act Is Still Needed
    Ari Berman on December 12, 2013 – 3:41 PM ET

    A federal judge in Winston-Salem today set the schedule for a trial challenging North Carolina’s sweeping new voter restrictions. There will be a hearing on whether to grant a preliminary injunction in July 2014 and a full trial a year later, in July 2015.

    http://www.thenation.com/blog/177577/north-carolina-shows-why-voting-rights-act-still-needed#

  • rikyrah

    “Affluenza” Judge Gave 14-Year Old Black Boy 10 Years in Prison for a Far Lesser Crime
    Published On December 14, 2013 | By Big BOSS | News, The Barbershop

    Judge Jean Boyd has been in the media lately for letting 16-year old Ethan Couch off the hook after he killed four people. Couch was on a drunken joyride with his friends when he hit four people, causing them to lose their lives. He also paralyzed one of his friends.

    The judge said that Couch suffered from “Affluenza,” a condition in which his wealth and privilege kept him from understanding the consequences of his actions. The judge gave the boy no prison time and 10 years probation, sending him to a rehab facility for the rich.

    http://www.brothersonsports.com/affluenza-judge-gave-14-year-old-black-boy-life-in-prison-without-parole-without-killing-anybody/

    • Alma98

      uh huh… I hope a big stink is made of this and her record as a judge investigated.

      • BoomerGal

        Don’t hold your breath.

        • Alma98

          You never know until you try.

    • qosine

      “Affluenza” — My Daddy’s rich, so I can kill people,
      and get away with it, cause my Daddy’s rich.

      • conlakappa

        Isn’t circular reasoning fun! Don’t try this at home, kids.

    • Tafr

      I was reading some comments ( I know, I know) about this bullshit term and someone had the nerve to say the kid lost everything. They were saying well he will be sent out of state, he lost his car, he is not allowed to see his parents. The utter nerve to say this murderer lost everything when he mowed down and killed four people. This mofo is still breathing therefore he has lost nothing. I swear, I try not to let white privilege and racism take my breath away but sometimes 2520′s take it to that level.

      • Aquagranny911

        I found this whole thing so disgusting that I didn’t know what to say. In addition to four deaths, I read that one of the passengers in the car with him is now paralyzed. I would consider all of that real loss.

        Nothing this over-privileged brat got is any kind of “loss” He should be in jail for a long time!

      • rikyrah

        killed 4 people and paralyzed a 5th. why should anyone give a shyt about this murderer?

        • crazycanuck

          he is white and has affluenza.

          • BoomerGal

            I thought that was obvious.

      • qosine

        Yeah, the old, I know I killed my parents,
        but pity me now I’m an orphan.

  • rikyrah

    Please Excuse Davontaye, He Suffers From Povertenza
    Posted: 12/14/2013 11:20 am

    Dear Judge,

    I know that Davontaye’s actions caused the deaths of four people. But please don’t give him life in prison. He suffers from Povertenza. You may not know about this condition but Povertenza is an illness that people from impoverished socioeconomic backgrounds have.

    Due to the inability to access quality education and employment, Davontaye’s development has been stifled. This leads to poor decision making and I would further argue that since his neighborhood sees so much death and destruction, that he may even suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome in addition to Povertenza.

    Judge, it is clear that Davontaye can not be held responsible for his actions. He needs rehabilitation, not prison. Prison would only worsen his mental condition.

    Sincerely,

    J.A.M.


    The next time someone tells you that there is no such thing as “White” privilege or elitism, ask them why Affluenza is a viable defense but Povertenza isn’t.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jessica-ann-mitchell/affluenza-privilege_b_4445349.html

    • BoomerGal

      Nicely done but they already attribute poverty to crime and still building prisons to put the black male back on the plantation.

  • crazycanuck

    Watching “The Saint” for the first time. Not sure I’m believing Val Kilmer as ‘The Saint’ though.

    • Alma98

      Yeah he was blah lol.

      • crazycanuck

        Yup, his portrayal is not doing anything for me.

    • Aquagranny911

      I can’t help myself. I like Val Kilmer & I thought that movie was fun. It was a total change from the original but I did enjoy it.

      • crazycanuck

        Maybe that is it, maybe I have the original too much in my head. I don’t really see it as the saint, just an espionage movie.

        • Aquagranny911

          That’s really what it is & the girl who plays the other lead, I can’t remember her name has good chemistry with him.

          I’ve liked Val Kilmer since he played this science nerd in some teen movie from the ’80′s my girls liked. I don’t think he has always had the best roles (Batman anyone) but I still think he is cute.

          • EpiphanySweet

            I have been a Val Kilmer fan since Thunderheart. I love that movie.

          • Aquagranny911

            I liked that movie too & they actually did a fairly decent job telling some truth in that one.

          • EpiphanySweet

            It was an excellent movie. Young Val Kilmer was very handsome too.

          • Aquagranny911

            IMO, he was way better than Tom Cruise in Top Gun as well. Kilmer can act & he is very good at humor right off the cuff. I saw him on Letterman or one of those once & he was very funny. I always thought they should try him in more comedy roles.

          • crazycanuck

            has he done anything lately?

          • EpiphanySweet

            I am not a Tom Cruise fan at all. Well except for Risky Business and the 1st Mission Impossible.

          • conlakappa

            He was really good as a Zen drug dealer on Entourage. It was like he finally stopped taking himself too seriously.

  • BoomerGal

    The motive of the u.s. is becoming increasingly clear (by reading in-between the lines and KNOWING the history of the u.s. as many of us do), is to secure military control of Africa’s resources in an effort to defeat Russia and China in their economic warfare and above all successfully carryout the “middle east project.” This is one sick nation.
    http://open.salon.com/blog/don_rich/2013/12/10/africom_and_american_strategy