October 25, 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 sounds of Dame Shirley Bassey at the Royal Albert Hall in 1973…

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  • crazycanuck

    Good Morning POU. Have a great day

    • goldenstar

      Good Morning!

      • rikyrah

        Morning, goldenstar.

        • goldenstar

          Morning, rikyrah.
          Loving the sun but am really excited that it will be 50+ tomorrow!

    • rikyrah

      Good Morning, cc.

    • Alma98

      Morning cc.

  • crazycanuck

    No sign yet of the Malaysian plane. This whole thing is very curious. Thoughts are with the families. There were some Canadians on the plane.

    • rikyrah

      That they can’t find a big ass 777 is sort of creepy.

      • goldenstar

        I know but the ocean is vast. It’s hard to get perspective because we’re next to Lake Michigan, the largest fresh water lake but the ocean is a whole ‘nother creature.

        It took a long time before that Brasilian airliner was located. This will take time, too. That part of the ocean is pretty well used by fishermen and others so there is a lot of local knowledge that may also help in locating the plane.

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

    Me and Daylight Saving Time had a fight. I lost. :-(

    • crazycanuck

      I got up thinking, why is it so bright outside?

    • goldenstar

      It’s difficult to lose that hour but the daylight is so worth it. Love, love, love the light. We’re rounding the bend toward a Spring of some sort.

    • rikyrah

      Me too.

    • GreenLadyHere

      LOL –Sepia♥ — -***BIG HUG*** :>)
      – – -☺BUT U put up a “BRAVE Fight —of the SUN” :>) -http://fc09.deviantart.net/fs71/i/2012/068/c/5/stickman_fight_animated_gif_by_txy45-d4s79qg.jpg

      — – -ENJOY your —SUNNY DAY. :>) —B BLESSED/SAFE/SUNNY♥ :>)- –Again, THANK U 4 -“DAME BASSEY.” :>)

    • Alma98

      Morning Sepia. I hear ya :(

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

    • Alma98

      Morning rikyrah.

  • rikyrah

    I love Dame Bassey.

  • goldenstar

    All of this makes me dislike Snowden even more….
    ***

    Suspicion Falls on Russia as ‘Snake’ Cyberattacks Target Ukraine’s Government

    By DAVID E. SANGER and STEVEN ERLANGER

    WASHINGTON — Since the first major protests in Kiev that triggered the current crisis with Moscow, American intelligence agencies have been on high alert for cyberattacks aimed at the new government in Ukraine. They were a bit late: the attacks started long before President Viktor F. Yanukovych was forced from office, and as might be expected, no one can quite pinpoint who is behind them, although some suspicion is falling on Russia.

    According to a report published by the British-based defense and security company BAE Systems, dozens of computer networks in Ukraine have been infected for years by a cyberespionage “tool kit” called Snake, which seems similar to a system that several years ago plagued the Pentagon, where it attacked classified systems.Continue reading the main storyRELATED COVERAGE

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    The malware appeared many more times this year in Ukraine, as the protests in Kiev picked up their pace. The protesters were angered by Mr. Yanukovych’s decision not to pursue closer trade and political ties with Europe, which has been vying with Russia for influence in Ukraine.

    Snake — also known as Ouroboros, for the serpent in Greek mythology — gives attackers “full remote access to the compromised system,” according to the BAE reportreleased Friday. BAE cited circumstantial evidence that the attacks originated in Russia, saying that the malware developers operate in the Moscow time zone and that there is some Russian text in the code.

    But American intelligence officials said that it was unclear if the use of the malware was state-sponsored, and that Snake was just one of many types of malware that Ukraine is battling every day.

    Versions of Snake’s predecessor have been around since 2005, but the highly sophisticated one found in Ukraine appears to have been directed at government agencies. The attacks were aimed mostly at siphoning data from local computers to other servers, the report said. It identified 14 cases of Snake in Ukraine since the start of 2014, compared to eight cases in the whole of 2013. In all there have been 32 reported cases in Ukraine since 2010, out of 56 worldwide.

    One mystery is whether Snake is now being turned to purposes that go beyond mere espionage: manipulating or alerting computer networks in some way. Russian hackers — both those employed by the state and those working on their own — are known for their abilities to design sophisticated “implants” that both suck data out of a system and create a pathway for other malicious software to be injected. Documents stolen from the National Security Agency by Edward J. Snowden, the former N.S.A. contractor now living in Moscow and interviews with intelligence officials indicate the United States also has extensive capability to do similar things.

    “The usual Russian approach would be to design something that could both conduct surveillance and aid in an attack,” said one senior intelligence official, describing how the National Security Agency and the Pentagon’s Cyber Command were on the lookout for the kind of computer attacks that were unleashed on Estonia seven years ago. The precise origins of those attacks have never been completely understood.

    While some early reports about Snake compared it to Stuxnet, the American- and Israeli-designed worm that attacked Iran’s nuclear program, the inner workings of Snake appear to be quite different. Stuxnet took over the computer controllers that ran Iran’s nuclear centrifuges, spinning those centrifuges out of control. So far, there is no evidence that Snake can do that.

    American officials have never confirmed they were part of the operation against Iran, code-named “Olympic Games.” But what makes Snake particularly familiar to American officials is that they saw a version of it, then called “Agent.btz,” in the Pentagon’s own systems. The event was written in about 2010 by the deputy secretary of defense at the time, William J. Lynn, who raised the alarm about the military’s vulnerabilities to such attacks. In the four years since, however, the malware has become more powerful, and the BAE report described it as “one of the most sophisticated and persistent threats we track.”

    Snake has also shown up in Lithuania, Britain and Georgia, among other places. But the United States has only seen two cases so far, the BAE report indicates.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/09/world/europe/suspicion-falls-on-russia-as-snake-cyberattacks-target-ukraines-government.html?hp&_r=0

    • morphus

      Snowden’s days are numbered. Let’s not forget Snowden’s former employer, Booz Allen Hamilton, is own by the Carlyle Group with strong ties to the Bush family. The entire Snowden mess points to digital mercenaries who receive +70% of the intelligence budget. These same private contractors are also beating the drums promoting cyberwarfare.

      • crazycanuck

        yeah well i wish that number came up tomorrow. It’s time for his traitorous ass to be in a jail cell

    • AxelFoley

      But he a hero doe to da Leff. He sacrifice himself for us.

      • morphus

        Yep, you knew the Snowden hero worshippers were batsh**t crazy when they compared him to Rosa Parks and literally every other icon from the civil rights movement.

  • rikyrah

    Mitch McConnell’s Musket Stunt Backfires as He Gets Busted For Not Owning A Gun
    By: Jason Easley more from Jason Easley
    Saturday, March, 8th, 2014, 8:37 pm

    The wheels are falling off of Mitch McConnell’s Senate reelection campaign faster than you can say, not from my cold dead hands. It turns out that McConnell looked so uncomfortable waving that musket around at CPAC because he doesn’t even own a gun.

    According to the Courier-Journal:

    Whatever the case, McConnell just didn’t look comfortable waving the flintlock musket above his head.

    Instead of recalling images of Charlton Heston at NRA conventions, where the late actor incited the crowd by raising a similar gun, McConnell looked a bit more like Michael Dukakis riding in a tank or President Barack Obama shooting skeet at Camp David, or Jimmy Carter doing much of anything.

    It shouldn’t surprise anyone that he didn’t look natural. A search of Courier-Journal archives and the Internet found no other photos of McConnell holding a gun and despite his constant support of gun rights, McConnell has never cultivated the image of a hunter — unless his prey is that of a political sort.

    His campaign refused to say if McConnell hunts, shoots targets or even owns a gun and last fall when Grimes challenged McConnell to a shootout at a gun range, he ignored a reporter who asked if he would take her up on her offer and walked away.

    http://www.politicususa.com/2014/03/08/mitch-mcconnells-musket-stunt-backfires-busted-owning-gun.html

    • Alma98

      LOL

  • rikyrah

    Republican Double Standard In Louisiana as Bobby Jindal Shreds The First Amendment

    By: Rmuse
    Saturday, March, 8th, 2014, 5:26 pm

    Over the past month, Republicans disregarded their contention that it is a mortal sin to interfere with a private corporation’s business when they intervened in a Tennessee Volkswagen plant’s union representation vote, as well as attempting to dictate to technology giant Apple who and how they could do business with. After protestors drove Ukraine’s president out of the country prompting Russian president Vladimir Putin to send troops into Crimea, Republicans demanded that President Obama confront Putin militarily for intervening in a sovereign nation’s internal affairs despite giving undying support to George W. Bush when he pre-emptively invaded Iraq and Afghanistan. Across America, Republicans defend evangelical fundamentalists’ contention that the Constitution affords them the right to abridge other Americans religious liberty, and now Louisiana Republicans are attempting to deny private Americans their 1st Amendment freedom of speech.

    This week, MoveOn, an organization with more than 8 million members received a letter from Louisiana Republican Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne ordering the organization to cease and desist exercising their right to free speech. Earlier in the week MoveOn purchased ad space on billboards in Republican-controlled states criticizing Republican and teabagger governors for rejecting free federal funding to expand Medicaid to prevent hundreds-of-thousands of poor Americans from receiving healthcare. Republicans in Louisiana are furious that a non-right wing organization has the temerity to criticize Governor Bobby Jindal and lied by claiming their objection to the billboard is that it used Louisiana’s slogan, “Pick Your Passion.” The full text of the billboard is; “Louisiana – Pick your passion! But hope you don’t love your health. Gov. Jindal’s denying Medicaid to 242,000 people.”

    http://www.politicususa.com/2014/03/08/republican-fascism-full-display-louisana-bobby-jindal-shreds-amendment.html

  • crazycanuck

    A very famous painting. Nighthawks by Edward Hopper

    • rikyrah

      I LOVE this painting. When I see it at the Art Institute, I just sit down for awhile to take it in.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Goood MornTon’ crazycanuck. ***BIG HUG*** :>)
      – —WOW&1/2!— –The COLORS- –BOLD annnd BEAUTIFUL.

      A SIGHT —2 BEHOLD :>) Thank U. cc. :>)

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  • rikyrah

    Rand Paul Wins CPAC Presidential Preference Straw Poll
    By: Hrafnkell Haraldsson
    Sunday, March, 9th, 2014, 8:06 am

    If you want to know who the most popular fascist is at CPAC’s “little rebellion on the battlefield of ideas,” as Texas Gov. Rick Perry put it, it is Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), who won with 31 percent of the vote, repeating, and improving slightly upon, last year’s CPAC victory of 25 percent. Apparently, his irrational objection to a black man being elected twice to the highest office in the land, and obeying and upholding the Constitution, resonated with the audience.

    Paul’s words were jingoistic if not factual, just the sort of thing a CPAC crowd loves: “He’s got a pen, he’s got a phone, he doesn’t care what the law is,” Paul said. “A tyranny will ensue, and we must stop this President.”

    Will ensue, has ensued…they can’t make up their mind and don’t know what a tyranny is anyway, but what the heck, it makes an ignorant audience angry, and that’s the point

    http://www.politicususa.com/2014/03/09/rand-paul-wins-cpac-presidential-preference-straw-poll.html

  • rikyrah

    HBO Uses Hip Hop To Lure Black Audiences To ‘Game Of Thrones’

    11:30 AM

    If you are not already familiar with the term #DemThrones on Twitter, it is the hashtag used by many Black nerds or Blerds (pick your preference) in social media when they elect to live tweet or share content about the hit HBO series Game of Thrones based on George R. R. Martin’s medieval series A Song of Ice and Fire.

    An article that recently came out from The Wall Street Journal, about HBO hiring 10 hip-hop and Latin-music artists to rap about the TV series, which the network hopes will encourage more rap fans to watch the show. The article states the following:

    Over the years, rappers have influenced the buying habits and brand preferences of urban audiences just by mentioning the items in a song, helping to drive sales of everything from Dom Pérignon champagne to Nike basketball shoes.

    The network was inspired by hip hop star Wale, who performed at a New York City studio and completed a rap song using descriptive lyrics of various characters like Khaleesi, the Mother of Dragons.

    http://www.blackgirlnerds.com/2014/03/hbo-uses-hip-hop-to-lure-black.html#.Uxx6ROMo670

    • AxelFoley

      Got any black or Latin actors on the show? I think hiring minority actors in prime roles would get more minority eyes watching the show, but that’s just me.

      Never watched the show (don’t really watch HBO anymore), but I’ve read up on it and I do know what it’s about. I know it’s a medieval-type fantasy world, and like most of those setting, is an alternate world Europe. But even in worlds like that, why not have an alternate world Africa or Asia? Conan’s world did.

      • Alma98

        I don’t get it either Axel, why fallback on this kind of thinking? Like you said hire some actors of color. I know white folks like to believe poc didn’t exist back then but we did.

        • jds09

          When will they learn that they can’t buy cool. Just can’t.

          • Alma98

            Yep.

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

        There are a couple of Black actors in Game of Thrones: Khaleesi’s aide, Missandei and Grey Worm who heads Khaleesi’s army. But as far as main characters, there are none.

        I did read that they were going to add a Black family to the show, but that’s a rumor so… I love the idea of an alternate world in Africa or Asia. That would be off the hook!

        • Alma98

          I’d love a Hannibal Of Carthage series.

          • AxelFoley

            Yaaassss.

          • Alma98

            My daughter just told that Halle Berry is producing a mini series for the History Channel about great African generals. Hey who knew, I’ll keep a lookout for it.

  • rikyrah

    21st Century Obama vs 19th/20th Century Putin

    I thought of those words when I read George Condon’s article about the leverage President Obama has over Putin.

    President Obama is not the first American president to be confronted by provocations and military actions from Moscow. All 12 presidents since World War II have faced such challenges. But Obama is one of the first to have a broad range of potentially biting nonmilitary responses to employ—a measure of how much Russia has been integrated into the world’s financial system since the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War.

    It is why American policymakers are so convinced that Russian President Vladimir Putin has miscalculated by dispatching troops to Crimea. And why you hear over and over again from the White House and State Department that Putin does not seem to understand the interconnectedness of the 21st-century world.

    “What we see here are distinctly 19th- and 20th-century decisions made by President Putin to address problems, deploying military forces rather than negotiating,” says a senior administration official, speaking on background. “But what he needs to understand is that in terms of his economy, he lives in the 21st-century world, an interdependent world.”

    http://immasmartypants.blogspot.com/2014/03/21st-century-obama-vs-19th20th-century.html

    • morphus

      19th century thinking reminds me of the term “dinosaur brains” coined years back and the same type thinking can be seen when 19th century thinkers try to frame Millennials.

      • jds09

        How so? Pew did some polling on Millennials that indicated that 60% think ‘reverse racism’ is a real thing. I’ve been trying to wrap my brain around that but I can’t.

        • morphus

          Didn’t see the ‘reverse racism’ poll. I’ve however read a flurry of articles expressing disappointment in efforts to pigeon hole Millennials as right or left leaning.

          • conlakappa

            IMO, the self-centeredness of the millennials who tend to be covered by such polls [let's be real: upper-middle-class suburban whites] makes boomers seem like Gandhi. They want what they want when they want it and it better come attached with a trophy ’cause everybody gets one.

          • morphus

            True, they’re not concern about significance of trophy being blue or red.

          • AxelFoley

            Sounds like the emoprogs at DKos.

        • rikyrah

          Zander pulled out interesting stuff in that ‘poll’ on Millenials:

          ……………………

          These partisan patterns are closely linked to views of Obama. While Millennials as a group are somewhat more approving of Obama than Gen Xers, Boomers or Silents, these differences are driven more by race and ethnicity than by age. White Millennials’ views of Obama are not substantially different from those of older whites. Some 34% of white Millennials approve of the job Obama is doing as president, compared with 33% of Gen Xers, 37% of Boomers and 28% of Silents. By contrast 67% of non-white Millennials give Obama high marks for the job he’s doing as president.

          So two huge things here: first of all, age doesn’t make any real difference among whites when it comes to Obama’s job approval. Younger whites have essentially the same low approval of President Obama as their Gen X parents, Boomer grandparents, and Silent great-grandparents do.

          White and non-white Millennials have different views on the role of government as well. On balance, white Millennials say they would prefer a smaller government that provides fewer services (52%), rather than a bigger government that provides more services (39%). Non-white Millennials lean heavily toward a bigger government: 71% say they would prefer a bigger government that provides more services, while only 21% say they would prefer a smaller government. The racial gaps are about as wide among Gen Xers and Boomers.

          Majorities of white Millennials what smaller government and don’t think healthcare is the government’s business, but actually the racial gap here is much larger among my fellow Gen X’ers. Two-thirds of whites in my generation want smaller government, 71% of non-whites want more. 61% say it’s not the government’s business to provide healthcare, 64% of non-whites find the opposite true.

          http://zandarvts.blogspot.com/2014/03/millennial-mish-mash.html

          • jds09

            Thanks, this is helpful.

    • AxelFoley

      Putin, just like the neocons in the U.S., still plays by the old playbook, as I tell my mother when we talk about politics.

      Shit that worked 20-30 years ago don’t work today (hell, even shit that worked 10 years ago doesn’t). The game done changed. Like I always say, the GOP still using binded books, while PBO is using a tablet.

  • rikyrah

    Republicans have been trying to disrupt the work of the Civil Rights Division at DOJ for a long time now

    That’s when I declared that I’d have Attorney General Holder’s back and started the tab up above titled “DOJ Watch.” As I kept track of things, it became clear that a central role in all this was being played by Thomas Perez, then the Director of DOJ’s Civil Rights Division. Together he and AG Holder tackled things like police brutality, reverse redlining, going after Arizona’s Sheriff Arpaio, the school-to-prison pipeline and voting rights.

    And then President Obama nominated Perez to be Secretary of Labor. Yesterday, with an assist from 6 Democrats, the Republicans defeated the nomination of Debo Adegbile to replace him at DOJ. For the moment I’ll leave it to others to explain the racist reasons that were trumped up by his opponents to defeat his nomination because I want to focus on putting this one in historical context. That’s why I started this off with that 2011 quote from the NYT.

    But before we even get there, Sam Kleiner has done a good job of going back to the Clinton administration to demonstrate the Republican’s attempts to neuter enforcement of the Civil Rights Act by the DOJ. Remember the firestorm about Lani Guinier back in 1993? Or how about Bill Lann Lee in 1997? Yep, they were both nominated to the same position. Kleiner also points out that under the Bush II administration, the Civil Rights Division at DOJ was stacked with political appointees and re-calibrated to focus on cases of so-called “reverse racism.”

    http://immasmartypants.blogspot.com/2014/03/republicans-have-been-trying-to-disrupt.html

  • GreenLadyHere

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  • GreenLadyHere

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  • jds09

    Good Morning POU Fam!

    • GreenLadyHere

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    • Alma98

      Morning jds!

  • GreenLadyHere

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  • rikyrah

    News anchor Pam McKelvy removes wig and debuts her natural hair on TV

    by Lilly Workneh | March 4, 2014 at 1:02 PM

    emphis-area news anchor Pam McKelvy shared an emotional moment with viewers last week while discussing her journey as a breast cancer survivor and the personal bouts she faced with hair loss.

    McKelvy was diagnosed with breast cancer in February 2012 and underwent chemotherapy and a double mastectomy, which eventually eradicated the cancer.

    However, throughout her battle, she suffered extreme hair loss and opted to wear a wig every day since last March – until she appeared on WMCTV last Wednesday.

    http://thegrio.com/2014/03/04/news-anchor-pam-mckelvy-removes-wig-and-debuts-her-natural-hair-on-tv/

  • jds09

    These people are a hot mess. The reporter was bending over backwards to make this seem like a legitimate event. With a quick read, I noticed that no numbers were mentioned. How many people actually attended CPAC?

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/as-cpac-ends-republican-factions-remain-adamant-in-disagreements/2014/03/08/fc6b1ff2-a708-11e3-bf3d-63f593e487a9_story.html

    • morphus

      If one uses the 2,459 votes cast at CPAC this year, it appears those who vote attendance is dropping. In 2011, Ron Paul won from 3742 votes.

      • jds09

        Wow. All this noise in the media for a gathering of 2,500 people. PBO gets that many folks in a high school gym for a stump speech.

      • conlakappa

        I finally read where it was held. The Post had described it as “along the Potomac…” It was at the Gaylord, which amusingly has the word gay though lacking the rep of Dupont Circle; it is super expensive. The rooms + daily parking. It isn’t Metro accessible. Feels like it was an attempt to separate true and moneyed believers from the unwashed riffraff. Last I saw, rooms were over $300/night and more like $450.

        • morphus

          Replay of Tea Party Express tactics? IIRC, high costs to attend events is how they co-opted the original TP groups.

  • GreenLadyHere

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  • rikyrah

    Jacque Reid: What hasn’t been said about style at the Oscars

    by Jacque Reed | March 7, 2014 at 6:02 PM

    his year’s Oscar night was a particularly emotional one for myself, and the rest of America, as we saw a woman of color revel in what was undoubtedly her “Cinderella moment.”

    Not only did Lupita Nyong’o’s speech bring the down the house (not to mention a tear or two), but she transcended the stereotypical image of “America’s Sweetheart.” Nothing was more symbolic of this than her red carpet look, which only reinforced her ability to challenge the fashion norms and draw us into her fairytale story.

    A lot has been said about that night, about how she broke traditions and shattered perceptions.

    Watch as I sit down with celebrity fashion stylist and lifestyle trend expert Pamela Watson to talk about what hasn’t been said about how Hollywood’s latest “It Girl” change the game!

    http://thegrio.com/2014/03/07/jacque-reid-what-hasnt-been-said-about-style-at-the-oscars/#54610779

  • GreenLadyHere

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    • morphus

      LOL. GLH, in AA meeting voice, “Hello, I am morphus” and I admit that I watch “Too cute” on the Animal channel for endless hours.

      • GreenLadyHere

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        • morphus

          GM GLH! ***BIG HUGS*** Can’t complaint about weather too much. The only good thing I can often say about the “Sunshine” state is its sunshine.

          • GreenLadyHere

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      • conlakappa

        That show is addictive. Risk of falling dead from the cute!

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  • GreenLadyHere

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  • rikyrah

    Cicely Tyson moved to tears discussing ‘Roots’ and ’12 Years a Slave’

    by Chris Witherspoon | March 7, 2014 at 1:20 PM

    Last year legendary TV and film star Cicely Tyson received her first Tony Award ever for her role in the critically acclaimed Broadway production of Trip to Bountiful.

    The 80-year-old actress better make room in her trophy case, because based on early reviews of Lifetime’s TV adaptation of Trip to Bountiful, Tyson might soon take home an Emmy.

    ……………….

    Throughout her illustrious career, spanning several decades, Tyson has played a slave numerous times. One of her most famous roles was Binta, the mother of Kunta Kinte, in the groundbreaking 1977 slave epic Roots.

    Now more than 35 years later, Tyson opened up about her role in Roots and discussed how the miniseries paved a way for the Oscar-winning film 12 Years a Slave.

    http://thegrio.com/2014/03/07/cicely-tyson-moved-to-tears-discussing-roots-and-12-years-a-slave/#54606816

  • rikyrah

    Marissa Alexander retrial another black mark on the record of Angela Corey
    Opinion
    by Zerlina Maxwell | March 4, 2014 at 10:45 AM

    State’s Attorney Angela Corey is having a very bad year.

    ………………….

    But to Alexander’s supporters who have followed all of the high-profile cases prosecuted by Corey’s office that have made national news, Corey appears to have a vendetta against Alexander. While Corey’s office is arguing that they are following state precedent, it’s also true that prosecutors have a huge amount of discretion and power. If Corey wanted to, she could easily conclude that three years behind bars for defending yourself from your abuser is enough and send Alexander home after this ugly ordeal and grave injustice.

    Surprisingly the gun rights supporters who spoke up in support of “Stand Your Ground” laws during the George Zimmerman trial remain silent. Second amendment supporters who have encouraged women to get guns to protect themselves from domestic violence and sexual assault are no where to be found in Alexander’s defense. Many who praised Zimmerman’s actions and those that believed his self-defense claims should theoretically support Alexander, but her treatment throughout the legal process shows that only certain people are able to stand their ground.

    Corey’s office seems to be spurned by Alexander’s refusal to accept a plea deal before her first trial. Alexander refused to plead guilty in the case and chose to go to trial, as is the right of every American. When she was confronted by Congresswoman Corrine Brown (D-FL) about the harsh treatment of Alexander, Corey said she gave Alexander “mercy” and she referred to the plea deal.

    Alexander’s supporters Free Marissa put out a statement saying, that Corey’s insistence on moving forward with the trial and now with the maximum possible penalty is a “stunning abuse of power…[And that] [d]espite Corey’s scare and smear tactics, the national Free Marissa Now Mobilization Campaign is resolved to fight for Marissa Alexander’s freedom, and for the lives and freedom of all victims of domestic violence. The campaign calls on the Florida legislature to repeal all mandatory minimum laws, and ensure that judges have discretion over whether sentences can be served consecutively or concurrently.”

    A life sentence for a warning shot that injured no one is a miscarriage of justice. Twenty years behind bars for a warning shot that killed no one is a miscarriage of justice as well. Alexander spent nearly three years in prison before she was finally reunited with her family for the holidays late last year. It’s time Corey to drop the charges so that her office can put more energy and attention into the retrial of Michael Dunn who they couldn’t convict and who actually killed someone.

    http://thegrio.com/2014/03/04/marissa-alexander-retrial-another-black-mark-on-the-record-of-angela-corey/

    • morphus

      The selectivity of 2nd Am groups is not a surprise, they’ve been called out on a number of occasions about their selective outrage. “[P]rosecutors have a huge amount of discretion and power” and they have immunity from their abuses.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥ – – -An ATTEMPT — -2 Have JUSTICE SERVED – – –
    — – -

    My bid to clear an innocent Death Row prisoner: How
    reporter went to court to prove convicted U.S. murderer could not have
    killed seven women because his feet are bigger than the real culprit’s
    - –

    — – - – – -SNIP – —

    – – – — –My involvement began almost ten years later. Wendy Murphy, a dental hygienist from Norfolk, had befriended Gary through a prisoners’ welfare group.

    She wrote to me suggesting he was innocent. I wrote a book about the case and a series of articles for this newspaper, highlighting glaring conflicts in the evidence that would have cleared him in a British courtyears ago. Since 2001, I have been the official, unpaid investigator for defence lawyer Jack Martin.

    Gary has been the subject of a number of reviews and appeals in that time. Five years ago, he came within three hours of being put to death before being granted a stay of execution to allow DNA tests.
    THERE IS MORE – – – – – -WATCHIN’ — -[Wishin' 4 success -ifff the FACTS R correct] –

    • morphus

      The steady drip, drip, from stories about releases from death row indicates the DP in U.S. should simply be shut down.

  • rikyrah

    HBO: It’s not TV, it’s the lack of diversity

    Opinion

    by Demetria Irwin | March 7, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    HBO is known for its critically acclaimed dramas, but why are so many of those shows lacking diversity

    More recent numbers are even bleaker. Since 2008, not one woman or person of color has been at the creative helm for an hour-long drama or mini-series. Girls, the breakout hit by creator Lena Dunham, is a comedy and the brilliant dramatic series The Wire and the New Orleans based drama Treme had majority black casts, but both shows were created by a white man, David Simon

    …………………….

    HBO and other networks have to do a better job with green-lighting projects created by women and people of color. The result would inevitably be representations of women and people of color that are deeper, more layered and more nuanced. HBO has engaging new shows like True Detective, which features amazing performances by Woody Harrelson and Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey. But the depictions of women and black people on that show are flat and leave much to be desired.

    ………………..

    Imagine a Boardwalk-Empire-type show that focused on the numbers racket in Harlem during that same time period. Imagine a dramatic series (none of the schmaltz of Sex and the City) that centered on the lives of 30-something-year-old black women in a major city. Imagine a series about gentrifying and decaying neighborhoods in Detroit that was just as well-acted and written as The Wire. There are so many stories yet to be told in the masterful way in which HBO’s dramas are presented and hopefully, that will change in the near future.

    http://thegrio.com/2014/03/07/hbo-its-not-tv-its-the-lack-of-diversity/

  • AxelFoley

    Marlon Wayans and Lord Jamar in Twitter exchange war over Omar Epps wearing a skirt (yes, you read that right):

    http://hiphopwired.com/2014/03/07/marlon-wayans-lord-jamar-exchange-twitter-disses-omar-epps-wearing-skirt-photo/

    • EpiphanySweet

      Why is “Q” wearing a skirt?? Ok lemme go read it

      • crazycanuck

        yeah, when you read I want the answer to that.

        • EpiphanySweet

          He is on some leather skirt wearing Kanye ish. I am just not into that style of “fashion” for men.

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

      Mos Def was also wearing a skirt:

      http://twitter.com/_OMNi_/status/442407421647282176/photo/1

      Between this and Snoop getting french tip nails, I can’t!

      And Marlon Wayans needs to have several seats. Men wearing skirts is not “evolving”.

      • EpiphanySweet

        oMG I was just about to speak on Snoop and that french manicure. I do not approve. And I agree men wearing skirts Is not evolving.IMO

        Mos Def………Noooooooooooo

      • jds09

        Yet over the years I’ve heard some pretty compelling arguments for men wearing kilts. Since I don’t have that plumbing, I can’t say for sure. lol

        • crazycanuck

          Some men with kilts are pretty sexy looking.

          • AxelFoley

            lolwut?

          • crazycanuck

            Well they are lol

          • crazycanuck

            SO THERE

          • AxelFoley

            I don’t know about sexy, but I’ll give you props on Sir Sean.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥ – –IN REMEMBRANCE: — –
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    – – – – –Christopher George Latore Wallace (May 21, 1972 – March 9, 1997), best known as The Notorious B.I.G., Biggie or Biggie Smalls,[2] was an American rapper.

    Wallace was raised in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. When he released his debut album Ready to Die in 1994, he became a central figure in the East Coast hip hop scene and increased New York’s visibility in the genre at a time when West Coast hip hop was dominant in the mainstream.[3] The following year, Wallace led his childhood friends to chart success through his protégé group, Junior M.A.F.I.A. While recording his second album, Wallace was heavily involved in the growing East Coast/West Coast hip hop feud.

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  • Alma98

    Morning everyone, I hate daylights savings it should be abolished.

    • EpiphanySweet

      I agree!! Down with daylight savings

    • rikyrah

      Good Morning, Alma.

      • Alma98

        Morning rikyrah.
        It’s looking mighty cloudy here.

    • qosine

      Good Afternoon Alma.
      Sunny and gorgeous here today.

      • Alma98

        Afternoon qosine!
        It’s not too bad here, but with the snow melting we now have ugly dirty snow mounds lol.

  • rikyrah

    Libertarians Move In To Make A Small N.H. Town Even Smaller
    by Jack Rodolico

    March 09, 2014 8:00 AM

    But behind the beautiful view, locals are dividing into opposing camps. About 50 Libertarians have moved into Grafton from around the country, splitting the town over their push to shrink its government.

    Grafton has an annual meeting called Deliberative Session. It’s a big day for local politics. About 100 people cram into the firehouse, town officials sitting up front.

    ………………….
    People argue over how to conduct the meeting. The moderator loses control. Police remove a man. After an hour, Skip Gorman is fed up.

    “It’s still a wonderful town and there’s lots of camaraderie,” Gorman says. “But there’s a group of people who have moved here for the sole purpose of being obstructionist.”

    “I’m not here to obstruct anything,” counters John Connell. “I will vote in favor of liberty and justice at every opportunity.”

    How did Grafton come to this? About 15 years ago, a prominent Libertarian hatched the idea of moving Libertarians to New Hampshire, with the hope of having a big impact in a small state. They called it the Free State Project, and a handful of Free Staters settled in Grafton.

    O’Reilly was surprised by how quickly Free Staters started pushing their agenda.

    “Almost seems as if they walked in the door and started running for office and hold positions,” she says. “It’s not the typical way someone who’s a New Englander does things.”

    Free Staters say Grafton should withdraw from the school district, cut the $1 million budget by 30 percent over three years, and carve Grafton out as a “U.N.-free zone.”

    http://www.npr.org/2014/03/09/288069880/libertarians-move-in-to-make-a-small-n-h-town-even-smaller

  • conlakappa

    My folks and I went to see Dame Shirley around 1990. Great performer, along the lines of Nancy Wilson.

  • rikyrah

    March 7, 2014

    The Historian Who Unearthed “Twelve Years a Slave”

    Posted by Michael Schulman

    Accepting the Oscar for Best Picture on Sunday—technically, it might have been Monday at that point—Steve McQueen took a moment to thank “this amazing historian Sue Eakin,” who “gave her life’s work to preserving Solomon’s book.” It was an unusual shout-out: we’re used to seeing Harvey Weinstein or God get thanked, not historians from Louisiana. But it’s safe to say that without Eakin, who died in 2009, at the age of ninety, none of us would be talking about Solomon Northup, or Patsey, or the other once-forgotten souls portrayed in this year’s Best Picture.

    Eakin, who taught at Louisiana State University at Alexandria for twenty-five years, spent her career rescuing Northup’s memoir from obscurity. “There were five of us, and Solomon was the sixth,” Eakin’s son Frank said the other day, from his home in Texas. “There was never a time when he was not part of the conversation.” Eakin grew up near Cheneyville, Louisiana, the eldest of nine children, and discovered Northup when she was twelve. One summer day in 1931, her father, a planter, drove her in a flatbed truck to the nearby town of Bunkie, not far from the property once owned by Edwin Epps (the Michael Fassbender character). They were visiting Oak Hall Plantation, where her father had business with the owner, Sam Haas. Haas brought young Sue to the library on the second floor (“My mom was a big-time bookworm,” Frank says), where he handed her a dusty copy of “Twelve Years a Slave,” first published in 1853.

    “I began reading the old book as rapidly as I could, becoming more and more excited with every page,” Eakin wrote later. “I recognized local place names like Cheneyville, where our mail was delivered.” The family names were familiar, too: the Tanners, the Fords, the McCoys. Eakin was rapt, but her father picked her up before she could finish reading. Back then, the book was in scant supply. Eakin didn’t find another copy until 1936, when she arrived at Louisiana State University and spotted the book at Otto Claitor’s Bookstore. She asked Mr. Claitor how much it cost. “What do you want that for?” he said. “There ain’t nothin’ to that old book. Pure fiction.” He sold it to her for twenty-five cents.

    Eakin devoted the rest of her life to proving him wrong.

    http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/culture/2014/03/the-historian-who-unearthed-twelve-years-a-slave.html?mbid=social_retweet

    • goldenstar

      Ms. Eakin’s story could be a fantastic short film. Imagine a persistent young woman who loved her local history who had a career and raised a family and devoted her study and to the life of Solomon Northrup…whoa.

      • crazycanuck

        Haven’t you heard black history is not marketable.

        • goldenstar

          Yeah, but the propensity for these white directors who do stories of black people could be countered. A director of color doing a story on a southern white woman who is determined to tell the story of a black man. Now, that’s some marketing in there.

  • crazycanuck

    I’m cleaning, I HATE cleaning. I thing that should be abolished lol

    • goldenstar

      Try putting on some good music. I find that soukous is great for cleaning. Great upbeat rhythms.

    • Admiral_Komack

      Try watching “Hoarders”.
      I have, and I’ve started cleaning up.
      No walking on piles of trash so high my head bumps the ceiling for me!

  • rikyrah

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  • jds09

    This is what I’m talking about! Give them enough rope they will hang themselves. 2014 baby!

    http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2014/03/04/poll-support-rises-for-lawmakers-who-back-obamacare/

    • morphus

      Good news!

  • goldenstar

    This is from a 2006 issue of Ripon Forum, a Republican-inspired journal. POU will find these survey results of 1,000 suburban residents very familiar because much of this is the PBO agenda and accomplishments. Take a look:

    The Suburban Agenda

    A plan to win the new political battleground

    JOHN MCLAUGHLIN

    There are two basic truths to mid-term elections in America – they are won on themes, and, histori- cally speaking at least, they are usually lost by the party in power.

    In the mid-terms of 1994, the elections were about the corruption of the Democrat- controlled Congress and the failed attempt by the Clinton Administration to establish a socialized health care system.

    In 1998, the elections were about President Clinton’s impeachment, and the belief among many voters that the Republican majority in Congress had overreached and was ignoring other important issues in its drive to hold the President accountable.

    In 2002, the elections were about the September 11th terrorist attacks, and the belief that our country – led by President Bush and a Republican- controlled House — needed to do everything possible to keep the American people and our homeland secure.

    In the first two cases, the party in power either lost seats in Congress (Republicans in 1998) or lost control of Congress altogether (Democrats in 1994). In the 2002 elections, Republicans defied history and actually gained seats. But if Republicans proved the exception to the rule in 2002, it was because 2002 was an exceptional year; the elections were held in the shadow of 9/11, with the memory of that awful day still fresh in voters’ minds.

    As we approach the five year anniversary of the terrorist attacks, one thing should be clear: political partisanship has returned to America, which means the basic truth of the 2006 elections will be that the Republican majority is likely to lose seats in November – unless, of course, they do something about it by putting forward a positive agenda that will help them win seats instead.

    One member of Congress who is playing a key role in doing just that is Republican Representative Mark Kirk of Illinois. Congressman Kirk is the leader of a group of just over 20 members of the House of Representatives who are working on an agenda geared around the lives of people who reside in America’s suburbs.

    Why the suburbs?

    Over the past few decades, subur- ban voters have usually been a key to Republican victories. However, in more recent elections, they have gone from being a bastion of electoral suc- cess to a political battleground where previously reliable GOP votes are now up for grabs.

    As part of the effort to craft a sub- urban agenda, Congressman Kirk commissioned a national poll among 1,000 likely suburban voters between January 24 and 26, 2006, to learn more

    about the issues that are important to them and their views on the election this year. These suburban voters were chosen from predetermined suburban counties across the nation in targeted Congressional districts. For Republicans, the results reveal not only the challenges that lie ahead, but the opportunities, as well.

    The challenges lie in the numbers. On the generic vote for Congress, for example, Democrats are leading 36 percent to 33 percent. There is also a pronounced gender gap among suburban voters, with men supporting Republicans for Congress by a mar- gin of 37 percent to 33 percent, and women support- ing Democrats by a margin of 39 percent to 29 per- cent. Two other segments of concern are independ- ent voters, who are 62 percent undecided with a plu- rality favoring Democrats, and suburban pro-choice women, who prefer Democrats for Congress by a margin of 50 percent to 19 percent.

    Among all suburban voters, 56 percent believe the country is heading down the wrong track, while only 32 percent see it headed in the right direction. Generally speaking, if suburban voters say America is on the wrong track, they will vote Democrat by a margin of 56 percent to 14 percent. A lot of this has to do with perceptions about the war in Iraq. A plu- rality of suburban voters — 40 percent, to be exact — believes that America is losing the war. Even more distressing is the fact that among those who are unde- cided in their choice for Congress, only 26 percent say America is winning the war, while 34 percent think we are losing.

    Moving beyond the numbers.

    pornography and Internet predators. Only 9 percent thought that this proposal violated free speech.

    Keeping drugs and firearms out of schools — 86 percent favor allowing school officials to check their students’ lockers for illegal drugs or weapons without the permission of the student. Only 11 percent felt this would invade the privacy rights of students.

    Making sure people don’t lose their health care when they change jobs — 84 percent favor requiring health insurance plans to be portable so that when people change jobs, they do not lose their insurance. Only 9 percent thought this would be too burden- some a federal regulation.

    Helping parents plan for their kids’ future — 84 percent favor establishing what is being called a “401 KIDS tax” deferred savings account plan to give parents the ability to establish tax free savings accounts for their children.

    Clearly, this survey confirms that Republicans face a real challenge in winning over suburban voters in 2006. It also confirms that just as homeland secu- rity was on the minds of American voters in 2002, the war in Iraq is on the minds of many suburban voters today. But beyond these numbers and beyond this one issue, the survey reveals one other key thing – main- ly, that the GOP can win the suburban vote if it puts for- ward a plan that makes a difference in people’s daily lives.

    The agenda being developed by Congressman Kirk and the other members of the suburban caucus would achieve that goal. In fact, the survey revealed that the issues and ideas being developed as part of the Suburban Agenda have a real resonance among voters in suburban America. These issues and ideas, and the response they received in the survey, include:

    Helping small businesses provide health cover- age for their employees — 92 percent of those sur- veyed favor providing tax credits to small business owners who provide health insurance for their employees.

    Making sure our kids are secure in the class- room — 89 percent favor passing a school safety bill, permitting federal background checks on new teachers to prevent criminals or pedophiles from being hired. Only 7 percent opposed such back- ground checks as an invasion of privacy.

    Making sure our kids are secure online — 87 percent favor requiring schools and libraries to install internet filters to protect children from child

    Making sure teachers are qualified — 83 percent favor requiring teachers to pass a periodic competency test to ensure they are cur- rent in their subject matter. Only 13 percent opposed this idea because it increases demands on teachers’ time and attention.

    Strengthening personal property rights — 81 percent favor protecting homeowners’ property rights by limiting the ability of local governments to seize property for the purpose of private develop- ment. Only 15 percent would allow seizing proper- ty for private development with compensation.

    Making sure attorneys can’t take advantage of Superfund legal fees — 80 percent favor limiting the Environmental Superfund legal fees to 10 percent so that 90 percent of the fund is spent on restoration. Only 11 percent would not limit time and cost.

    Helping people buy their first house — 75 percent favor a $5,000 tax credit for first time home- buyers to make homeownership more affordable.

    Helping people save for when they get sick – 73 percent favor allowing a person to set aside money, free from taxes, in a Medical Savings Account to be used to pay medical bills and insurance premiums. Only 16 percent would permit Americans to only use state regulated and approved insurance plans.

    Over the past few decades, suburban voters have usually been a key to Republican victories. However, in more recent elections, they have gone from being a bastion of electoral success to a political battleground where previously reliable GOP votes are now up for grabs.

    Keeping driver’ s licenses out of illegal immigrants’ hands — 73 percent favor prohibiting states from issuing driver’s licenses to illegal immi- grants. Only 19 percent thought giving undocu- mented workers driver’s licenses would encourage more car insurance and driver testing.

    Keeping gangs out of schools — 70 percent favor increasing federal funding to fight against gangs in schools who are linked to international drug cartels. Only 21 percent thought this was an unnecessary expansion into local police jurisdiction.

    Encouraging people to conserve land — 69 percent favor federal tax incentives to individuals and businesses for donating their privately owned open space for environmental conservation.

    Putting an end to frivolous lawsuits — 68 percent favor stopping frivolous lawsuits against doctors by capping medical malpractice awards at $250,000 in economic damages. Only 26 percent would give patients unlimited rights to sue their doctor or hospital.

    Improving electronic medical recordkeeping — 61 percent favor setting a federal date for all doctors and hospitals to keep electronic medical records. Only 26 percent opposed it because it would be eas- ier to invade private medical records.

    Helping parents save for college — 61 percent favor providing parents with a $1,000 educational tax credit to be used for their child’s educational expenses. Only 32 percent preferred increasing fed- eral spending on government programs to assist pub- lic schools over the tax credit.

    The consensus for these issues is so broad and so wide, that they can certainly attract support from a majority of suburban voters. Nine of these issues poll over 80 percent support. Another eight issues receive an over 60 percent majority. If political strategy is based upon significant public opinion numbers, it would be hard to develop a more popular agenda.

    The real challenge, of course, will be to make progress on these issues before November. Time is running short. Work needs to begin immediately to get this done. Legislation needs to be strategically introduced in the House in the spring and early sum- mer, and then promoted by the membership when they return to their districts for their August work period. Likewise, Republicans also need to craft a comprehen- sive communications strategy to sell this plan for what it is – a positive effort to make government work.

    Implemented successfully, the Democrat opposition will have only two real choices: 1) adopt and pass

    this legislation, which will give the Republican major- ity real accomplishments to point to in the election; or, 2) fight a losing battle against this agenda, which in turn will give the GOP important contrast issues in November.

    For Republicans, it’s a win-win proposition either way, which is why the Suburban Agenda is not only the kind of plan parties win elections with, but the kind of plan parties in power need to retain and build upon their majority.

    John McLaughlin is the CEO of McLaughlin and Associates.
    From the Field

    McLaughlin & Associates conducted a national poll among 1,000 likely suburban voters between January 24 and 26, 2006. These suburban voters were chosen from predetermined suburban counties across the nation in targeted Congressional districts.

    Some of the results of this survey are below:

    http://www.riponsociety.org/riponforums/forum206.pdf

    • morphus

      After watching Romney’s campaign, I no longer believe the Republican party’s election strategy rely on wooing voters.