October 21, 2017

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


As you enjoy your Sunday breakfast/brunch, check out the sounds of Duke Ellington



Black, Brown and Beige is a jazz symphony written by Duke Ellington for his first concert at Carnegie Hall, on January 23, 1943. Ellington introduced it at Carnegie Hall as “a tone parallel to the history of the Negro in America.”[1] It was Ellington’s longest and most ambitious composition.


Known by Ellington as “B, B, & B” according to Irving Townsend in his 1958 liner notes to a recording of a later version of the suite (Black, Brown and Beige, Columbia records). It received a preview performance at Rye High School in Westchester County, New York, on January 22, 1943, its premiere at Carnegie Hall the following night, and a subsequent performance at Boston’s Symphony Hall on January 28. These are the only known performances of the complete work.

After these performances, Ellington only performed pieces of it. At the December 11, 1943 Carnegie Hall concert, he said, “We thought we wouldn’t play it (Black, Brown and Beige) in its entirety tonight because it represents an awfully long and important story and that I don’t think too many people are familiar with the story. This is the one we dedicate to the 700 Negroes who came from Haiti to save Savannah during the Revolutionary War.”[2] The band then played West Indian Influence, the section to which Ellington referred. After that they play Lighter Attitude which is a reworking of Emancipation Celebration.

There are many recordings of the Ellington Orchestra playing selections from Black, Brown and Beige. One of the themes of “Beige”, Sugar Hill Penthouse was recorded in the abridged 78 rpm record album of the piece. Several selections appear in the series of broadcasts they made for the Treasury Department in 1945 and 1946.

In the 1960s, Come Sunday and The Blues were part of Ellington’s 1963 show, My People. This celebrated the 100th anniversary of The Emancipation Proclamation. Come Sunday and Light were part of A Concert of Sacred Music. Black was performed at the White House on June 14, 1965.

Musical Form and Characteristics

“Black,” the first movement, is divided into three parts, the Work Song, the spiritual Come Sunday , and Light. “Brown” has three parts, West Indian Dance or Influence; Emancipation Celebration, and The Blues. “Beige” depicts “the Afro-American of the 1920’s, 30’s and World War II,” wrote Leonard Feather in the liner notes of the 1977 release of the original 1943 performance.

*Information Courtesy of Wikipedia*


Black Brown And Beige Part I


Black Brown And Beige Part II

  • GreenLadyHere
    • conlakappa

      This is my first POU since Friday! Part of the DC area power outage. 1.8 million weak–woot! In Panera now with my power strip, charging iPad and my phone. Trying to stay hydrated but it’s a challenge. Happy to see you, as always.

      • GreenLadyHere

        GOOD SUNDAY MORNTIN’ conlakappa♥. ***BIG HUG** :>)

        – – –Sooo HAPPY 2 C U. Been PRAYIN’ sooo much 4 our POU FAM- -in the HEAT annnnd FIRE areas. :>)

        – – – B BLESSED– — 2-day. :>) Tryta KEEP COOL. :>)- – –

        • Aquagranny911

          GLH, I put you, your Mama & family in our “Gratefulness Circle” at church this AM & we all sent you love, light & healing.

          Just wanted you to know that there are more out here sending, prayers & healing your way ♥

          • GreenLadyHere

            HEEY Aquagranny911. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

            Ohhhh. THANK U sooo MUCH. :>) I did the SAME 2 your daughter/family. :>)

            Thank U 4 da POSITIVE- — UPDATES. :>)

            The “GR8 HEALER” is on His JOB! :>)

            BLESS ALL. :>) Good 2 C U. :>)

      • GN

        OMG, please stay safe!

        • conlakappa

          it is crazy. Of all weekends, huh? Still in Panera, now charging the husband’s phone. Internet access has been erratic but not surprising–the place is full, with people charging everything. One feels so disconnected. We might go to a hotel tonight at least. We’ll see.

          • Ebogan63

            What GN said, Damn, that sucks conlakappa

            Alot of us here in the Pacific Northwest would welcome some warmer weather in friggin ‘JULY!

          • conlakappa

            Thanks! There is a mother here with her two children and the little girl was talking about the things they are thankful for, in response to her older brother complaining. It was pretty funny and so true–5 people have died in this mess [called a “derecho,” apparently] so I am miles ahead of them, no matter my discomfort.

          • Aquagranny911

            DANG! Stay cool & connected, Kiddo. Sorry for your problems but I am grateful Disqus did not eat you!

            If you start to get really dehydrated, drink some Pedialite. Seriously, the stuff tastes like caca but works way better than those sports drinks.
            I recommend the orange flavor, anything else makes you want to hurl!

          • annvic

            Great advice, Aquagranny. Pedialite is great for dehydration, but you earn every electrolyte ’cause that stuff tastes like rubber and despair.

      • annvic

        Good luck and I’m praying for you. My household was lucky enough to get our power back last night but there are a LOT of folks in need.

      • Town

        I just got power back…a tornado touched down about 5 minutes from here. Everyone is ok, though.

        • Glad to hear you all are safe!

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥- – -Ms. Nancy- – –FIERCE – – as usual!- – -:>) — –

    – – —Pelosi: House GOP efforts to repeal Obama health law unrealistic– – –

    – – — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) blasted Republican moves to repeal President Obama’s healthcare reform law as unrealistic and accused the party of being the “mouthpiece” for health insurers.

    In an interview to air Sunday on NBC’s Meet the Press, Pelosi charged Republicans with being in the pocket of insurance companies and says the only way forward on health reform is to build on the Affordable Care Act.

    “It’s being the mouthpiece of the health insurance industry,” said Pelosi of GOP leaders plan for a repeal vote. “And we’re saying let’s not have them be in charge anymore. Let the people be in charge of how they receive coverage and healthcare.”

    – — -SNIP- —

    “They’ll bring it up, and when they bring it up they will ask for repeal, repeal of all the things I said that help children, help young adults, help seniors, help men or women who may have prostate cancer, breast cancer, whatever it is, any precondition. And everybody will have lower rates, better quality care and better access. So that’s what they want to repeal, we’re happy to have that debate,” she said.

    Asked by Meet the Press host David Gregory if she believed “repeal is unrealistic,” Pelosi replied “yes.”

    – – – –GET READY- -2- -TAKE that GAVEL BACK. :>)– —-

  • GreenLadyHere

    – –Duke Ellington – Grieg, Morning Mood – –GOOD SUNDAY MORNTIN’- -Sepia!♥– — —

    – – – -What a GR8 – -WAKE UP post! :>)- – –

    THIS is nice 2 KNOW. :>)

    – – —Come Sunday and Light were part of A Concert of Sacred Music. Black was performed at the White House on June 14, 1965.

    I’m sure that he would B PLEASED with – -the PRESENT OCCUPANTS♥- -Woo! Hoo!– –

    – — -The “DUKE” – is the- -“KING -of JAZZ!”- -:>)- —

    THANK U—-Sepia. :>)—-Have a GOOD DAY!! :>)- –

  • goldenstar

    Good Morning, GLH and POU family.

    May this be a healthy and inspiring start of this holiday week!

    It’s funny that July 4 was a picnic, fireworks, and art fair to me and nothing more. All those speeches about freedom and liberty have always rung false to me..

    Now, there is meaning. PBO makes sure that there is meaning to this message. Whether it is the WWII black veterans who are finally being recognized or the Nisei (second-generation Japanese Americans) objectors to internment being acknowledged, or the women who served and serve this country, the present occupants of the White House are daily reminders of what this country can be all about.


    Oh, and I am witnessing Glen Greenwald on Chris Hayes show. Now I get the complaints about this dude. But this panel is making him argue reality for real folks and not intellectual abstractions. Very interesting.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good Sunday MornTin’ goldenstar. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

      – – –***fist bump***- – — SPEAK:- – –

      Now, there is meaning. PBO makes sure that there is meaning to this message. Whether it is the WWII black veterans who are finally being recognized or the Nisei (second-generation Japanese Americans) objectors to internment being acknowledged, or the women who served and serve this country, the present occupants of the White House are daily reminders of what this country can be all about.

      – –Iff I may:- – —We have the FREEDOM 2 B HEALTHY:– -OUR BELOVED FIRST LADY has BEEN showin’ US how- -through her – “MOVE ON” program. :>) – -Woo! Hoo!


      – – -THEY R truly- –the – –DYNAMIC DUO!! :>)- – —

      Watchin’ “CREEPY CRAWLEY”- – –GET SCHOOLED- -by Mr. Jack Lew.!!- —
      At one point he said: “NOW WAITAMINUTE- –LET ME ANSWER the QUESTION!!” – –HAH.- – –She – –
      GOT- – -TAUGHT!!– –

      Good 2 C U- – -goldenstar. :>)

    • Worldwatcher7

      Thanks for the Greenwald alert. I usually am uable to stomach him, but I am happy to watch him being countered with facts. He’s another pretend liberal.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia- – –Missed this. Apologies iff a dup.– – –SAY WHA’?- – –

    – —Mormons quit church in mass resignation ceremony over social issues – –

    – — –Whoa a rama. Not a huge amount, but a pretty definitive social statement. Wonder if anyone will ask Mittens about this? Interesting point about this is as the article notes, LDS says it has over 14k members, with no accounting of how many leave every year, and how many are being proxy baptized. Sure can keep those numbers up though.

    (Reuters) – A group of about 150 Mormons quit their church in a mass resignation ceremony in Salt Lake City on Saturday in a rare display of defiance ending decades of disagreement for some over issues ranging from polygamy to gay marriage.

    Participants from Utah, Arizona, Idaho and elsewhere gathered in a public park to sign a “Declaration of Independence from Mormonism.”

    “This feels awesome,” said Alison Lucas, from West Jordan, Utah, who took part in the rally amid soaring temperatures. “I don’t know if I would have had the courage except in a group.”

    The Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is known for its culture of obedience, and the mass ceremony was a seldom-seen act of collective revolt.

    – — -Uhhhh- —Di-ent C this HEADLINE in the – —RIGHT-LEANING MEDIA

    – – –Anything 2 PROTECT – -teh WILLARD- -HUH!?- –***tsk** ***eye roll***

    • annvic

      Holy hell. 150 may not seem like a big number to some but like the article says, LDS is big on obedience so this is a huge move.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY annvic ***BIG HUG** :>)

        ***fist bump****- – – -YEP!- – —A- – “FBD”- – –in the words of our “illustrious – -VP”!- – – -:LOL.- — –

        – – – —Annnnd NOBODY has axed – – -teh WILLARD/surrogates 2 RESPOND!!- – -humph!!!

        – – – – -[PROTECTION of da COMPLEXION!!]- —

        YET- – -they were ALL ova MR. PRESIDENT- – — with REV. WRIGHT!!- – -humph!!!!

        WE KNOW!!- – –

        Good 2 C U- – -annvic. :>)

        • TyrenM

          VP Biden (BFD) and Paul Mooney in the same post. My night is complete! Hope daughter is doing better tonight.

    • gc

      Good. I just unfriended a distant cousin on FB. He is Jewish, converted to Christianity, became a Born Again (born for the FIRST time, to be accurate) and his group believes Jesus would deplore homosexuality. I felt guilty, but I’m not one to collect “friends” like trophies on FB. Are Jews on his shit list now as well? A Catholic priest tried to convert me a few months ago, (I was touring a Catholic Retreat Center which lets Buddhists use its vast grounds). Got into a convo with this man It was something out of Father Ted. He told me “Jews had served their purpose, in bringing Christ to the world and now were not necessary.” He did not realize he was talking to the daughter of a Holocaust survivor,. Now he does. So to see my cousin’s links to related sites? C’ya.

      • GreenLadyHere

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

        – – – -Good on U. :>)- — -Religion – -IMHO- -is not a – — -SINGLE AGENDA ITEM.- – –

        Noticed that THIS GROUP of REBELS- –did NOT mind THIS:—–

        – – – – – And [God] had caused the cursing to come upon them, yea, even a sore cursing, because of their iniquity. For behold, they had hardened their hearts against him, that they had become like unto a flint; wherefore, as they were white, and exceedingly fair and delightsome, that they might not be enticing unto my people, the Lord God did cause a skin of blackness to come upon them. And thus saith the Lord God; I will cause that they shall be loathsome unto thy people, save they shall repent of their iniquities.” (2 Nephi 5:21)– –

        – — – -Good 2 C U. gc. :>)

        • gc

          And “God” probably said just the opposite in the next Book. I know virtually nothing about the Bible, but I do know it is contradictory. Sort of related. I know there is some nasty racism among Jews, but I was just reading about Ethiopian Jews. They are not just incredibly tan 🙂 So, my great aunts, comments?

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia- — – -THIS is the — -GO-TO SITE- –4 ALL THINGS- –OBAMACARE!– – -:>)—

    – —The Affordable Care Act, Section by Section– —

    — —Below you will find all 10 Titles of the Affordable Care Act, with amendments to the law called for by the reconciliation process. Click on a Title to read the law section by section.
    Title I. Quality, Affordable Health Care for All Americans
    Title II. The Role of Public Programs
    Title III. Improving the Quality and Efficiency of Health Care

    Title IV. Prevention of Chronic Disease and Improving Public Health
    Title V. Health Care Workforce
    Title VI. Transparency and Program Integrity
    Title VII. Improving Access to Innovative Medical Therapies
    Title VIII. Community Living Assistance Services and Supports Act (CLASS Act)
    Title IX. Revenue Provisions
    Title X. Reauthorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act



  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia- – – –From REV.AL- – –Rodney King EULOGY- – –

    – – —Sharpton: Rodney King ‘Became a Symbol of Forgiveness’– – –

    – — –Rodney King was remembered in Los Angeles on Saturday as a forgiving man who bore the scars of his infamous beating with dignity.

    The Rev. Al Sharpton, who delivered the eulogy at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills, said before the funeral that King never showed bitterness to the officers who beat him.

    “People should not be judged by the mistakes that they make, but by how they rise above them,” Sharpton said outside the Hall of Freedom at the sprawling cemetery grounds. “Rodney had risen above his mistakes. He never mocked anyone — not the police, not the justice system, not anyone.”

    “He became a symbol of forgiveness,” Sharpton said.


  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia— –LOL- – –People R still tryta make some SENSE outta that “WORD SALAD”- — of teh WILLARD. LOL

    – – -He gets more – — “saypay SPEAK”- — with each passin’ day.- – -LOL.

    – – —Mitt Romney’s America– –

    – – —Does not include you. Or your children.

    From Friday:

    “I think this is a land of opportunity for every single person, every single citizen of this great nation. And I want to make sure that we keep America a place of opportunity, where everyone has a fair shot. They get as much education as they can afford and with their time they’re able to get and if they have a willingness to work hard and the right values, they ought to be able to provide for their family and have a shot of realizing their dreams.”– –HUH??

    This is actually a step backwards from April, when Romney suggested that students who weren’t sufficiently independently wealthy to pay for a college education could always borrow the money from their parents. Now, apparently, Romney’s position has evolved; you shouldn’t get an education at all unless you, personally, can afford it. If you don’t have the time and money yourself, prospective students don’t deserve “a fair shot,” or a chance to “provide for their family” or “have a shot of realizing their dreams,” no matter how much money your parents might lend you.

    – – — -RIGHT!! LOL- – –WHAT he – –Di-ENT SAY!- -LOL.

    – – – -By NOV.- -we should CLEARLY B ABLE 2 – —UNDERSTAND HIM.- -NOT!!– —

    – –**shakin’ my head** LOL.- –

    • gc

      They call it “verbal diarrhea” on the wards 🙂

      • Aquagranny911


      • GreenLadyHere

        gc- – – BWAHAHA.- — Seeeeee- – – – — LOL.

        – — -THANK U. LOL.

    • edp4bho

      Happy “hot” Sunday to all. Got lots to do but, can we even wait for the debates with this fool’s word salads? It will make for fabulous entertainment, if nothing else….LOL !

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia- – -LEW is sayin’ 2 ALLA DEM- – – –MOVE ON!!

    – — Lew: GOP should drop health law opposition, time to ‘move on’

    – —White House Chief of Staff Jacob Lew touted the Supreme Court’s ruling upholding the president’s healthcare reform bill Sunday and warned Republicans to “move on” and drop efforts to undo the legislation.

    “I don’t think the American people want to have this debate again,” said Lew about GOP efforts to repeal the health bill on “Fox News Sunday.” “I don’t think they want to be pulled back into decades of debate to get to where we are. We now have a law, the law is constitutional, we should implement it.”

    The high court on Thursday dealt a blow to Republicans by upholding the much of the Affordable Care Act in a 5-4 ruling. Congressional Republicans and GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney have vowed though to continue efforts to undo the law.

    The House is expected to vote on July 11 after returning from recess on repealing the law. Past repeal votes though have failed to garner support in the Democratic-led Senate.

    Lew on Sunday said the administration was open to improving the healthcare law, but that efforts at full repeal were a waste of time.

    “The president has said on many occasions that he wants to work across party lines and there are things that can be done to improve the law,” he said. “Those are the conversations we should be having and we need to move on and deal with the economy and jobs. We need to put our efforts on creating opportunities for Americans to be employed.”

    – — TEACH- – –TEACHA!! – – -HAH!- –

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia– -LOL. – — “TURTLEMAN” gulps- —I ‘ON’T KNOW– — -LOL.- –

    – – – –McConnell Can’t Answer How GOP Will Insure Americans After Repealing ObamaCare: ‘That Is Not The Issue’– —

    – — – –Since the Supreme Court last week upheld the Affordable Care Act, Republicans have been scrambling for a response. Without much to say now that the law has been ruled constitutional, the GOP has fallen back on its pledge to repeal ObamaCare. However, the new health care law provides 30 million Americans with access to health insurance. So how do Republicans plan to replace this key feature if they repeal?

    Fox News’s Chris Wallace asked Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) this important question on Fox News Sunday today and the senior senator from Kentucky had no answer. After McConnell meandered through the typical GOP talking points that they plan to allow the sale of health insurance across state lines and that they will institute medical malpractice reform, he finally settled on an answer: Insuring Americans “is not the issue”:

    – — – VIDEO- — – –

    – – – [Sorry. Gotta “bounce”.- -MISSIN’ U CARRYIN U- – -IN MY ♥. Back as soon as♥]

    – – – -a href=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XhfuGNDcdaA”>TURTLE MAN– –LOL

  • crazycanuck

    Good Morning POU. Happy Canada Day. Hope everyone has a great day. I’m off to a BBQ

    • rikyrah

      Happy Canada Day, CC

    • MsKitty

      Happy Canada Day!

    • Alma98

      Happy Canada Day cc.

    • Aquagranny911

      Happy Canada Day!!! Love the moose! I hope you enjoy your BBQ.

    • sagittarius

      Happy Canada Day!

    • GreenLadyHere

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

      – — —Happy Canada Day! – July 1st 2012 – – –

      – – — – — –[COMPLETE with- —NATIONAL ANTHEM. :>)]- —

      Oh — -annnd— –“MIKEY” :>)– –

      Have a GR8 DAY. :>)

    • gc

      We were in Toronto a few years back. I LOVE your country. Happy CD!

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  • rikyrah

    LOVE Duke Ellington

  • Alma98

    Love the ever classy Duke Ellington.

  • Aquagranny911

    Good Sunday morning POU! Love, love, love the Duke! My Granny had his music on an old 78.

    I got my lazy rear end out of bed this morning to attend our church service. We meet at 8AM in the summer to beat the heat here. I’m so glad I did! Our minister is on summer leave & one of our lay preachers led us in a “Gratefulness Circle.” This was so appropriate for me this Sunday morning. So very many reasons to be grateful. It was a wonderful sharing & folks were crying, laughing & clapping. Laughing & clapping at one little munckin who told how grateful he was for ice cream & that his sister had stopped hitting him.

    Update: Daughter went home this morning & she is doing fine. Still tired and sore from the ordeal. They went in by both femoral arteries this time but her spirits are excellent! We are grateful!!!

    • Alma98

      I’m glad your daughter is doing good AG, heart surgery is scary. I went through it with my mom.

      • Aquagranny911

        I know what you mean but this is the fifth time they did this procedure which is why we were all sort of hohum at the beginning like it was just routine. She had three prior ablations trying to fix things. That didn’t work so they gave her an internal pace maker which also was not working the way it was supposed to. We all did freak when the docs said “We found something” so this will take longer than we expected.

        I have learned a lot about hearts through all of this. A heart is not just a muscle that pumps blood. A heart also uses bio-electrical & chemical data to do its job correctly. With our modern technology & science, a heart can be “mapped” just like our brains. Different parts of the heart do different things.

        My daughter had two “nodes” trying to do the same job. They were in competition, as the doc put it “like dueling banjos” which was causing her heart to pause in beating. Another node was on constant alert, causing V-Tac, a very rapid heart beat. All of these were competing with the mechanical pace maker. Docs zapped the extra sinus node & the one causing the V-Tac & she has had a normal heart beat for two days now! This is the longest she has had this for over two years.

        That’s my very simplistic understanding. Also this is so rare that she probably will be written up for the medical records.

    • gc

      Good news, AG. The circle interests me. Buddhists say to “live in gratitude.” It actually decreases stress!

      I am also intrigued at your family’s no worry, tough attitude. I come from generations of neurotic Woody Allens. “Life sucks and then you die.” I am rebelling against “my Jewish gene” as my father calls it. I start hypnotherapy next week. Maybe you’d be cheaper? Come to CT!

      • Aquagranny911

        I am UU & I love my church, especially after being raised by a Latina Catholic Mama, an agnostic Marxist Papi, with a totally irreverent Methodist Granny thrown in. Talk about being conflicted!!!

        I do my best to stay positive & I laugh a lot at the ironies of life. Also, don’t hold it in. Let it all out, the joy, the sorrow, the anger, the anxiety. We love drama. It’s a Latino thing. We do it every day over the most inconsequential things so that when the big stuff comes…We just say: “Oh well.”

        I like hypnotherapy. I had some after a really bad car accident when I just could not face ever driving again. It really helped. I know some people are very nervous about hypnosis but all it is is really deep relaxation. Good luck with this. I know that you have really been through a great ordeal but you are strong and you will prevail. I believe that!

        • GC Carlson


          Thank you 🙂

        • BoomerGal

          So glad it worked for ya. I found out I can’t be hypnotized.

          • Aquagranny911

            Truly? I found out I was a poster child for hypnosis. My therapist said I was one of the best subjects he ever had because I could visualize real well & relax.

            I know I can relax my ass off. I love relaxing but the visualizing was something I didn’t know.

          • gc

            If I could relax I wouldn’t need the hypnosis, LOL, since we are targetting anxiety. I am a master visualizer, though. One of my old Counseling Profs said that married people get a tremendous boon with long term marriages through fantasy. And I’ve been married 135 years…

  • isonprize

    Love,love, LOVE the music of Duke Ellington!!

    Thank you, POU, for bringing Edward Kennedy Ellington on this hot July Sunday. Love you madly!!

    Here’s something for a mellow Sunday afternoon…

    Come Sunday

    • isonprize

      Disqus is WEIRD!!! I posted that EARLY this morning, so I just reposted it this afternoon.

      Come Sunday is a beautiful jazz Standard. IN fact, the complete BB&B should definitely be in any great collection.

      • Aquagranny911

        It’s Sunday & I attended a beautiful church service so I will not go “all in” on Disqus today ♥

      • GreenLadyHere

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

        – — -Let’s jus’ – –JOIN FONTS annnd PRAY 4- –DISQUS. LOL– –

        – – – ***fist bump*** on the “TRIPLE B”. :>)- – –

        Good 2 C U. — -isonprize- -:>)

  • sagittarius

    A great Sunday afternoon, POU Fam!

    I hope all is well. A shout-out to GLH and Aquagranny – my prayers and thoughts remain with you. Shout-out to Dannie – a MATH root, girlfriend?! Sending you good thoughts! I feel like sharing some music today – enjoy!

    • Aquagranny911

    • GreenLadyHere

      HEEY sagittarius. ***BIG HUG*** :>)- –

      THANK U sooo much. :>) LUVIN’ this song!!- – -annnd U♥.- –

      B BLESSED. :>)

  • rikyrah

    A Word from Tally: ‘Obamacare Is An Epic Win For Everyone’

    By Chipsticks

    The main thing you must know: The GOP’s SuperSugarDaddies™ are: The NRA, BIG OIL, BIG PHARMA, and BIG HEALTH. BIG HEALTH does NOT like Obamacare because it makes them spend money on actual CARE or else issue refunds. It forces them to cover sick people. It prevents them from dropping people so they don’t have to pay their claims. That means LESS MONEY FOR BIG HEALTH, and by extension, the GOP. If the ACA was such a giant gift to the BIG HEALTH insurers, why do they all want it repealed so badly? Everything the GOP says about Obamacare is a LIE.

    Anyone who walks into a hospital in the United States MUST BE TREATED whether they can pay for it or not. That is the law. The money for that doesn’t come from the GOP’s Magic Infinite Money Tree™.

    Healthcare IS A TAX NOW on the entire population, and has been forever – more so on the middle class who pay a higher tax rate than people like Mitt Romney. Everyone pays for the millions of people who either cannot afford it, or can afford it and refuse to buy insurance. We pay for it in taxes. We pay in overpriced premiums, and overpriced care.


    More people in the pool = less cost for everyone, and eventually everyone will get their coverage from the NON-PROFITS going onto the exchanges in 2014 who will offer BETTER PLANS for LESS MONEY because they don’t have $12mill CEOs to pay or stocks to sell. Only idiots will continue to throw money at for-profit insurers.

    Sure, those who can afford a plan but still refuse to buy one will have to pay a tax penalty. So what? THEY SHOULD. The good news is, the rest of us will save money by not picking up their tab anymore.

    Healthcare professionals like doctors and nurses will be in demand. Millions of JOBS created. Students going into the healthcare field will be guaranteed work!

    OBAMACARE IS EPIC WIN FOR EVERYONE! (Except the GOP who, like a bullying, abusive partner, hates anything good unless they create it.)


  • rikyrah

    Sunday, July 1, 2012ACA – a look at the health insurance exchanges
    I’m one of the lucky ones. I have health insurance through my employer – who pays 85% of the premiums on a plan with 100% coverage (no deductibles) and small co-pays. The fact of the matter is that I live in a state (Minnesota) where that’s not unusual. We rank 3rd in the nation in terms of those who are insured (91%), with only Massachusetts and Hawaii doing better (we’re tied with Wisconsin and Vermont). Frankly, when all the conversation about health care reform happened a few years ago, I got educated real quickly about just how lucky I am from the stories I began reading in the media and on the blogs. So in many ways, my support for this legislation has always been mostly about what it would mean for other people who aren’t so lucky.

    But there’s one aspect of health care reform that has always been important to me – the exchanges that are scheduled to go into effect in 2014. That’s because at my place of employment, I am responsible for our budget – which means finding a way to pay for that 85% of the employer contribution.

    As you probably already know from reading here, I’m the executive director of a small nonprofit. We have about 25 employees (less than 20 who participate in our health insurance plan) and the average age is probably about mid-30’s.

    Some people might not know that when an insurance company provides quotes for the costs of insurance, they take into account what the individual or group has cost them in the past. For large companies, that means that costs are averaged over a large pool of people. For someone like us – one person who needs surgery or has a chronic illness can send our rates sky high. As a matter of fact, for several years now we have been at the very top rate our insurance company charges – even though our pool tends to be young and pretty healthy. Overall, we pay much higher rates than large companies do.

    I first realized the cost of this to our small nonprofit when we hired a woman many years ago who had a chronic illness. About the time our annual insurance quote was provided to us, she had realized that the job wasn’t a good fit and had moved on. But our rates went up by double digits. When we told the insurance company that she was no longer an employee, our rates went way down.

    This is the problem the health insurance exchanges in ACA are meant to address. Each state will be required to set up these exchanges where individuals and small businesses can purchase their insurance. That means that – once they’re up and running – the rates in the exchanges will be set by a much larger pool of participants. So instead of our rates being determined by the use of the 20 or so individuals at our nonprofit, they will be based on all of the participants in the Minnesota exchange – thus extending to us the kind of benefit experienced by large companies.

    The ACA requires that there be at least 2 insurance companies included in each exchange, and that at least one of those has be a non-profit. It also requires that each insurance company included in the exchange offer at least 4 options of coverage for the individual/business to chose from and there are limits on the amount of out-of-pocket expenses that can be charged to individual customers via co-pays and deductibles.

    But here’s a really interesting aspect to all of this that many of those who were in perennial poutrage mode about the public option missed. ACA allocated $4.8 billion towards establishing something they call a Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan (CO-OP) to compete in the exchanges. Here’s how Kaiser describes it (pdf):

    …to foster the creation of non-profit, member-run health insurance companies in all 50 states and District of Columbia to offer qualified health plans. To be eligible to receive funds, an organization must not be an existing health insurer or sponsored by a state or local government, substantially all of its activities must consist of the issuance of qualified health benefit plans in each state in which it is licensed, governance of the organization must be subject to a majority vote of its members, must operate with a strong consumer focus, and any profits must be used to lower premiums, improve benefits, or improve the quality of health care delivered to its members.
    Finally, there is one very interesting thing the ACA did to ensure these exchanges work. The law requires that all members of Congress and their congressional staff purchase their health insurance through these exchanges (page 81, sec. 1312). So starting in 2014, my two Senators and Congresswoman (along with all their staff) will be participating in the same exchange my little nonprofit does to purchase health insurance. If it doesn’t work, they’ll feel it too…personally.

    Initially setting up these exchanges has been left to the states. You might have heard stories about Republican governors and legislatures refusing to do so. That will come back to haunt them because if they don’t have one going by 2014, the federal government will be setting one up to offer to their constituents. During the passage of ACA, there was a big argument over whether the exchanges should be set up in the 50 states or simply have one national exchange. Progressives favored the latter (even bigger pool and potentially lower rates) but that move was defeated. So those Republican governors would simply be promoting the progressive alternative by refusing to participate 😉


  • rikyrah

    Ro-Ro was at it again: the President better come to the Urban League with a ‘Black Agenda’.

    will someone ask this clown to name 5 BLACK -SPECIFIC THINGS that he thinks the President should say.

    yes…I’m still at it – want that list of BLACK SPECIFIC THINGS that’s on the BLACK AGENDA.

    • Miranda

      Did this stump say this on Washington Watch?

      • rikyrah


    • Admiral_Komack

      1) bean pies.
      2) dashikis
      3) Afro-Sheen.
      4) ascots
      5) Afro picks.

    • You should call his Ewok ass out. Here’s his Twitter handle: @rolandsmartin

      • trose1

        LMAO he does look like an ewok

  • lamh35

    Evening guys.

    Woo, I spent entirely too much money on cleaning supplies for the house. Tomorrow though, this house is gonna get cleaned from top to bottom!

    Hope everyone has a great Sunday

    • Aquagranny911

      I have cleaning supplies. Would you like to pop into my casa when you are done with yours? I have to say it kind of gets me nervous when anyone gets excited about buying cleaning supplies. Shoes I can understand…

  • isonprize

    Here is a clear yet detailed explanation of “Obamacare” = the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

    It give details, citations to sections of the actual law and breaks it down by the year of implementation. It’s long and it is not “official” from HHS but it’s the best I’ve seen thus far. The author includes edits, clarifications and attempts to address myths and misconceptions about “Obamacare.”

    What exactly is Obamacare and what did it change?

    • Miranda

      Do they have the picture version for our media?

  • NYT trips itself up trying to push the meme that PBO is having problems getting the youth vote.

    Polls show that Americans under 30 are still inclined to support Mr. Obama by a wide margin. But the president may face a particular challenge among those voters ages 18 to 24. In that age group, his lead over Mr. Romney — 12 points — is about half what it is among 25- to 29-year-olds, according to an online survey this spring by the Harvard Institute of Politics. And among whites in the younger group, Mr. Obama’s lead vanishes altogether.

    So, PBO has a big lead in comparison to Romney, but he still has problems? I also noticed that they didn’t do a comparison to the 2008 numbers, which shows that this is nothing more than an attempt to push yet another bs meme.

    • isonprize

      Re-thugs are throwing the kitchen sink. They are trying ERRRR- thing!! Re-thugs KNOW they have a loser. They know it.

      Plus, they STAY getting it wrong. “online survey this spring by the Harvard Institute of Politics” Uh yeah, how many 18 – 24 yr old do YOU know that answer on-line political polls? Yeah, I thought so….

      In every election, EVERY ELECTION, there are people who don’t vote. In every age group, every ethnicity, for whatever reason, they don’t vote.

      NYT, You found a 19 yr old political science major who didn’t know if he was registered to vote? A political science major who says ‘politics is pointless.’ Really??? No, you just found a stupid 19yr old.

      Whatever… New York Times, whatever.

      • gc

        Which simply calls attention to their desperation. DESPERATION, just what one looks for in a POTUS when he/she gets that 3am call.

        The Bush Years
        The Obama Years
        The 2012 Election. Damn I wish I liked to write…
        The Fall of the American Media
        Post Racial Society, My Ass (might have to rework that title)

    • Miranda

      They are all so messed up because every meme they hoped to build upon came crashing down in the last two weeks. Nothing but desperation throws from here on out.

      Did you see the Daily Beast pushing the meme that now PBO is begging for money??

      • Aquagranny911

        The Daily Beast can kiss my plump brown cheeks! I took them off my list long ago.

      • Yep. It was nothing more than a routine conference call asking for donations but they’re making it out like PBO channeled Mars Blackmon.

        • Miranda

          LMAO My brother said they tryna make PBO sound like Keith Sweat.

  • Did ya’ll see Nancy Smash on MTP? She straight shut David Gregory’s GOP water carrying ass down, especially on AG Holder. He asked her about her “conspiracy theory” that Issa and nem targeted Holder because of his work pushing back against the Repub voter ID laws. She calmly told him that it was not a conspiracy theory and that all you had to do was look at the comments made by the Repubs during the Oversight Committee hearings. Gregory couldn’t say anything but, “Thank you for joining up Rep. Pelosi”.

    • trose1

      I will have to find that clip. MSM doesn’t want to speak to much about Nancy’s voter suppression claim. I have not even heard that much about DOJ not pressing charges against Holder.

    • Aquagranny911

      This should totally go viral. The bits & pieces I have seen & heard were stellar! We have so got to give our Nancy back her gavel after we sterilize off the orange man’s repugnant cooties!

    • Miranda

      We need to repeatedly call out David Gregory and NBC too for even letting this fool disrespect Tim Russert’s seat.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia- – – ——-BWAHAHA!- – – – -THESE RE-THUGS- – – – -R DELUSIONAL!!-

    – – —Republican Senator Says ObamaCare Will ‘Sovietize’ Health Care– – –

    – – —-Last week, just before the Supreme Court ruled that Affordable Care Act is constitutional, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) told the Eagle Daily Investor that what ObamaCare is trying to do “is Sovietize the American health care system.”

    Today on CBS’s Face The Nation, Coburn said he believes ObamaCare will Sovietize the U.S. health care system because “it means the bureaucrats and politicians are in charge of your health care”:

    HOST NORAH O’DONNELL: What did you mean by that, Sovietize?

    COBURN: Well it means the bureaucrats and politicians are in charge of your health care and that’s exactly what this has done there’s not going to be individual choice. Remember the components of this bill. There’s an IPAB bill, the preventative services task force, that is going to mandate what care will be given and what care won’t be. There’s the innovation council that will approve or disapprove of any new innovation. We have three agencies that are totally going to take away the options of your freedom about your care and about what you and your physician decide is best for you. So Soviet style — what I’m saying is you’re going to have a bureaucracy … government bureaucracy is one of the reasons costs are out of control.

    Watch it:

    NOW:- — – -LISTEN 2 the TRUTH!!- – – –The Affordable Care Act’s language specifically states that IPAB’s recommendations cannot “include any recommendation to ration health care, raise revenues or Medicare beneficiary premiums…increase Medicare beneficiary cost- sharing (including deductibles, coinsurance, and co- payments), or otherwise restrict benefits or modify eligibility criteria.”

    Annnd THIS is “WHYCOME” EDUMENCATION is soooo LOW on their PLATFORM!- – – – –THEY STOOPID!!- — STOOPID- — – –I TELL U!! :>)

    WHEW LAWD!! – — LOL.

    • Aquagranny911

      “sovietize”……Okay…..I think my brain has just gone on overload from this….”sovietize”…….Bwahawaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

    • Ebogan63

      Umm what part of ‘if you already have health care, you can keep it’ don’t you understand, Tom?

      The Soviet Union is no more, the Cold War is over, what a fucking jackass!

      • Aquagranny911

        Ebogan, these people have gone so far off that cliff they are trying to dance in the air. Maybe they can keep ginning up their base of mutant slobbering truffle hunters but the majority of the American people will be going…Huh?…over this last century nonsense.

        Is there anyone under 40 who even remembers the Cold War or the Soviet Union? Communist…what’s that?

        Let the GOP keep clinging to their guns, their concept of religion & their archaic belief system. We will move on & make this nation better. I believe this!

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY Ebogan63:- – –***BIG HUG** :>)

        – – -***fist bump***- — -Apparently— -ALL of IT. geesh.

        Annnd – — YES! — —. . but the Soviet Union collapsed and was formally dissolved in December 1991 after the abortive coup attempt.

        EVIDENCE:- – – -EDUMENCATION- – –is a LOW priority.- – –VERY LOW!! :>)

        – -***shakin’ my head with furrowed brow*** LOL.

        Good 2 C U–Ebogan63. :>)

      • nathkatun7

        Iam surprised he didn’t add on “naziaitize” to “sovietize.” These right wingers have completely lost their minds! Just to think this man is a United States Senator who is also a trained medical doctor. My first instinct was to regard this as pure GOP propaganda. But on second thought, I realize that Tom Corburn may really be that dumb because he relies on Glenn Beck to teach him the meaning of Communism as practiced by the now defunct Soviet Union.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia- – –LOL.- – -BA- –ba- ba- -ba- – bahhh- — -I’m LUVIN’ IT!- – –

    RE-THUGS- – – HEADS EXPLODING!!- – –LOL- – —

    — — –Boehner: ObamaCare Has to Be ‘Ripped Out’– –

    — – —To call the ObamaCare penalty a tax or not was the question dominating the talk show airwaves today, with John Boehner leading the charge with the dreaded T-word. “The American people … do not want the government telling them what kind of insurance policy they have to buy, and how much they have to pay for it, and if you don’t like it, we’re going to tax you,” declared Boehner, calling the Supreme Court ruling “shocking.” “It has to be ripped out and we need to start over.” Meanwhile, Mitch McConnell shrugged off the 30 million uninsured Americans, saying bluntly, “That is not the issue.” Elsewhere on your sweltering Sunday dial, as per Politico:

    Nancy Pelosi on the health law “ta—”: “It’s a penalty that comes under the tax code. It’s a ta—it’s a penalty for free riders.”
    White House chief of staff Jack Lew doesn’t care what you call it: “The court found it constitutional. Frankly, what you call it is not the issue.” Pressed, he responded, “We call it fair.”
    Chuck Schumer on repealing ObamaCare: “If Republicans make repeal the issue, they’re going to lose the election for the House, the Senate, and certainly the presidency.”
    – – – -SNIP- —
    Lew wants to move on: “I don’t think the American people want to have this debate again. I don’t think they want to be pulled back into decades of debate to get to where we are…We need to move on and deal with the economy and jobs.”

    BUT — – the SURROGATES R SWEEPIN’ UP the TRASH- –annnnd- —DISPOSIN’ of IT!! LOL

  • Miranda

    Evening thread is up!

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