October 25, 2014

Sunday Open Thread: Paying Tribute to Fletcher Henderson

Who’s Fletcher Henderson you say? (or at least I did before yesterday)

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You’ve no doubt heard of Benny Goodman. Did you know many of his recordings were actually written and arranged by this man?

 In 1934, financial problems forced Fletcher Henderson to sell some of his best arrangements to Benny Goodman, who was then in the process of starting his own band. Henderson’s arrangements were an important element in Goodman’s rapid rise to popularity, which in turn triggered the enormous success of swing bands from 1935 to 1945.

It was in 1935, Goodman’s Orchestra was selected as a house band for the Let’s Dance radio program. Since Goodman needed new charts every week for the show, his friend John Hammond suggested that he purchase some from Henderson. Many of Goodman’s hits from the swing were played by Henderson and his own band in the late 1920s and early 1930s, and usually were head arrangements that Fletcher transcribed from his own records, then sold to Goodman. However, brother Horace Henderson recounts (in Goodman’s biography Swing, Swing, Swing by Ross Firestone) that the clarinettist made heavy demands on Henderson for fresh charts while his band was engaged for the Let’s Dance show in 1934, and that he himself contributed to help Fletcher complete some of them. Vocalist Helen Ward also states that Henderson was delighted to hear the Goodman orchestra realize his creations with such impeccable musicianship.

In 1939, Henderson disbanded his band and joined Goodman’s, first as pianist and arranger and then working full-time as staff arranger. He re-formed bands of his own several times in the 1940s and toured with Ethel Waters again in 1948–1949. Henderson suffered a stroke in 1950, resulting in partial paralysis that ended his days as a pianist. He died in New York City in 1952.

Read more about Fletcher Henderson here.

So all of those great hits by Benny Goodman…..well, you know what happened now.

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  • conlakappa

    Oh, Henderson of The Henderson Stomp–that, I have heard of! I love big band music. So lush. So filled with instruments! When folks visit D,C., it would be worth it to see if Smithsonian Master Works Orchestra or the Airmen of Note.

  • Miranda

    I’m starting to think he’s never actually sober anymore.

    BOEHNER: ‘JUDGE US BY HOW MANY LAWS WE REPEAL’
    Jul. 21 6:01 AM EDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner says Congress “ought to be judged on how many laws we repeal.”

    The Ohio Republican makes the comments on an interview aired Sunday on CBS “Face the Nation.” He was responding to a question about how little Congress is doing these days.

    Boehner says Congress “should not be judged by how many new laws we create.”

    He says the U.S. has “more laws than the administration could ever enforce.”

    He says that view may be unpopular because this country has a divided government. Boehner says he and his allies in Congress are fighting for what they believe in. And he adds — quote — “Sometimes the American people don’t like this mess.”

    http://bigstory.ap.org/article/boehner-judge-us-how-many-laws-we-repeal

  • aleth

    A43 white president always spoke through the prism of whiteness and never had to speak on the “others” white America is used to that. They at used to POC being invisible and never having to consider others plight or be empathetic. They like it that way. So reading salon, talk left is no surprise..they all come from that mindset. They have always been the one to determine the scope of discussion of issues in this nation and race. Interestly when the president comforts victims of mass killings, majority white, you don’t hear complaints from these factions. The fact that the mirror was turned inward on America is making some folks uncomfortable. I don’t think POC have allies. I think we have people who tolerate us provided we stay in the peripheral and say within their limitations of us.
    Lets be honest, majority whites voted for romney while the remaining who voted for Obama think they deserve to dictate his actions and police. Hence all this crying about drone and civil liberties.

    I have no expectation of privacy. The sooner these assholes wake up from their la la land regarding NSA, the

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

      THIS.

      I don’t think POC have allies. I think we have people who tolerate us provided we stay in the peripheral and say within their limitations of us.

      An example that comes to mind is MHP. When she called out the white left wing holding PBO to a different standard than Clinton, they turned on her like rabid dogs. Before that, they loved her.

    • jziglar

      I think that a lot of white people in this country can’t stand anyone talking about race and injustice because they can’t handle the truth and they don’t want to be called out on the history of this country. (Their ancestors killed the native Americans and exploited them, enslaved black people for 100’s of years, exploited Asians who helped build the Continental railroad and denied them citizenship and rights, stole more land out west from Mexico, instituted Jim Crow, instituted a discriminatory judicial system) I can go on and on but they want to act like all of these things are in the past and no longer relevant.

      I think one person on TPV made a great comment yesterday, That person said that those white people who are acting out are doing so because white privilege does not go as far as it use to do, and they fear that their demographic will be targeted for revenge.

      • conlakappa

        They also cannot lead the conversation. Active listening might be imvolved.

    • annvic

      “I don’t think POC have allies. I think we have people who tolerate us provided we stay in the peripheral and say within their limitations of us.”

      This right chere! That’s why white liberals have been screaming about foreign brown people getting droned: they need to white-knight for a group of coloreds that they don’t have to worry about rising up and taking control.

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

    Well, dayum Ronald Isley!

    …One morning shortly after the group’s departure, Mr. Isley awoke
    humming a new melody. “I wrote the words while walking my daughter to
    school, and we recorded it a day or two later. We offered ‘It’s Your
    Thing’ to [producer] Jerry Wexler at Atlantic for Aretha Franklin, but
    he turned us down. We would have taken $10,000 for it.”

    So the Isleys revived T-Neck and released the recording themselves in 1969. The song reached No. 2 on the Hot 100—winning a Grammy and becoming their biggest hit to date. “When Jerry realized what he had passed up, he wanted to jump out his window. That song now earns around $1 million a year in publishing royalties alone.”

    MORE: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323740804578601971996299946.html?mod=WSJ_GoogleNews

    • Miranda

      Not a day goes by some company isn’t using “Its Your Thing” in their advertisement on TV or radio.

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

        Imma dust off my old Casio keyboard and get to composing.

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

    This disturbed my spirit….

    Geraldo Rivera @GeraldoRivera 6h
    70 is the new 50 (Erica and family are going to be so pissed…but at my age…) pic.twitter.com/KU9IQhaF0w

  • crazycanuck

    Good Morning everyone

    • rikyrah

      morning, cc.

      the critters still there with you?

      • crazycanuck

        yup, I’m so annoyed right now. I disinfected the whole area. This morning I saw a few crawling around. I’m not sure what to do now.

        • Aquagranny911

          If there is only a few left, they have probably written out their last will & testament & are hoping to have a few relatives left to cry at the funeral.

          Dispose of the wine & any traps people told you about. Sounds like the little cacas are on their last wings. If they can’t feed, they can’t breed. Fruit flies have a really short life span.

          You really do need to determine where they came from, like I said last night. I wrote you a comment about that.

          What you have been talking about is not just bringing a hitchhiker home from your local fruit & vege market.

          Do you live in an apartment house? Are any of your neighbors making wine or brewing beer? Do you have fruit trees with rotting windfalls outside your door? What about how your trash & garbage is handled & picked up?

          You need to find the source or these nasty little buggies will come back. An infestation like you have described is no joke. If you live in an apartment, call your landlord.

  • creolechild

    Good morning POU.

    Real Doctor Smacks Down Koch Brothers Anti-Obamacare Ad

    The video below answering the misleading Koch Brothers anti Affordable Care Act ad is a good first step.[....] Unfettered truth is all that is needed to win the ideological battle. After all it is fact that the ideology pushed by the Right only exacerbates income and wealth inequality. As such, incessant lies and deception is necessary to promote it.

    Answers

    H/T Egberto Willies and AmericansUnited

  • creolechild

    DOT Fines Delta for Violating Bumping Compensation Rules

    The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) today assessed a civil penalty against Delta Air Lines for violating federal rules protecting passengers who are denied boarding against their will, or “bumped,” on oversold flights. DOT fined Delta $750,000 and ordered the airline to cease and desist from further violations.[....]

    In March 2012, the Department’s Aviation Enforcement Office found that, in a number of instances, Delta failed to seek volunteers before bumping passengers involuntarily, or bumped passengers involuntarily without providing them a written notice describing their rights or informing them that they had a right to cash compensation.[....]

    Read more: http://www.dot.gov/briefing-room/dot-fines-delta-violating-bumping-compensation-rules

    H/T US Department of Transportation

    • conlakappa

      USAIR bunped me a month ago and the agents tried to convince me I wasn’t eligible for compensation of any sort. It was for work so I contacted the travel agent who was telling me I was owed money. I strongly requested the form, completed it (they owe me $1,200; let’s see if I get it), they gave me a dinner voucher for a whopping $10 but a flight voucher for $150.

      Flight is for the business traveler, largely, but even then it is jacked. The Acela is beginning to approach airlines triflingness.

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

  • Miranda

    So wait…….our media is really not gonna investigate the non-sequestration of the jury? ok

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

      Amazing, isn’t it. Maybe we can force them to investigate via social media?

      • creolechild

        Good idea, Sepia.

      • conlakappa

        Seems worth the effort. “I take it you are satisfied with the unorthodox method of sequestration? Is the term ‘sequester’ unclear in its meaning or just different in Fla?”

  • creolechild

    Oh Floriduh…what is your damage? And please note how the ACLU went to bat for the homeless population, but black youth who are under seige in their hometown…eh…not so much. Just trifling!

    Miami to go to federal court to undo homeless-protection act – Posted on 4.11.13

    The City of Miami, concerned that loitering homeless people are
    stunting downtown growth, will go to federal court in an attempt to undo major provisions of a historic legal agreement that for 15 years has protected the homeless from undue arrest and harassment by police.

    Miami commissioners voted unanimously on Tuesday to petition the courts to alter a landmark settlement in the 1988 Pottinger v. Miami case, in which 5,000 homeless people and the American Civil Liberties Union sued the city, contending that the police practice of sweeping them off the streets and dumping their belongings for loitering, sleeping on sidewalks or other minor offenses was unconstitutional.

    The case, settled by consent decree in 1998, led to a significant expansion of public services to the homeless that has been held up as a national model. The settlement also bars Miami police from arresting homeless people for such “involuntary, harmless acts’’ without first offering them an available bed in a shelter.[....]

    Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/04/11/v-fullstory/3339297/miami-to-go-to-federal-court-to.html

    H/T Charles Rabin and Andres Viglucci

    • conlakappa

      Dang. More programs might mean less people on the street but we cannot be seen to be weak in helping the needy. Florida is one of those places without a sales tax, right? Not forward thinking.

  • creolechild

    Mapping the Sequester’s Impact on Low-Income Housing

    In April, Doug Rice, senior policy analyst at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, released a paper that described some of the ways people would be affected by sequestration cuts to local housing agency budgets,[....] Rice said that most local housing agencies would likely “shelve” Section 8 rental assistance vouchers, meaning vouchers would no longer be reissued to families on waiting lists when current recipients leave the program.

    He said that many people receiving new vouchers would have them
    rescinded as they searched for apartments. Maintenance and inspection of units would be deferred, and affordable housing stock would be jeopardized.[....] A look at over sixty stories from across the country in the past few months reveals that Rice’s analysis was spot-on. Mouse over each location to read the headlines.[....]

    Read more: http://www.thenation.com/blog/175363/mapping-sequesters-impact-low-income-housing#

    H/T Greg Kaufmann

  • GreenLadyHere
    • rikyrah

      yum yum

      this looks good

  • creolechild

    FMCSA’s Fraud Task Force Takes Enforcement Action Against Three Chicago-Area Household Goods Moving Companies

    The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced that three Chicago-area household goods moving companies have had their interstate operating authority revoked or suspended due to serious violations of safety and commercial regulations. In addition, all three companies were assessed civil penalties.[....] The three companies are the following:

    Aurora, Ill.-based White Glove Relocation Services, Inc.[....]
    Cicero, Ill.-based Able Moving, Inc. (does business as Father & Sons Moving Service)[....]
    Chicago-based Best Price Moving & Storage[....]

    Read more: http://www.dot.gov/briefing-room/fmcsa%E2%80%99s-fraud-task-force-takes-enforcement-action-against-three-chicago-area-household

    H/T US Department of Transportation

    • goldenstar

      Thanks for this.

      • creolechild

        (:

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ — – -THIS PHOOL Really doesn’t want a second term -LOL — –
    – – -Boehner: GOP will do ‘everything we can’ to thwart ObamaCare- –
    — – – – -Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) doubled down against ObamaCare in an interview set to air Sunday, calling the law “bad for America” and vowing to fight its implementation.

    “ObamaCare is bad for America,” Boehner told CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “We’re going to do everything we can to make sure it never happens.”

    Boehner’s comments come several days after the House voted to delay the law’s employer and individual mandates over a White House veto threat.

    The votes mark nearly 40 times that House Republicans have sought to defund, dismantle or repeal healthcare reform.
    THERE IS MORE – – — -LOL —EPIC LOSER!!

    — -YES! — GIVE that GAVEL –BACK 2 Ms. NANCY!! —:>)

  • creolechild

    Senate Republicans May Allow Workers’ Rights to Disappear – Posted on July 10, 2013

    If the Senate does not act quickly to approve President Barack Obama’s five bipartisan nominees to serve on the National Labor Relations Board, or NLRB, a number of workplace protections taken for granted by union and nonunion workers alike could functionally disappear in August, leaving millions of workers vulnerable and with nowhere to turn.[....]

    Workers talking about how much they get paid, meeting to discuss how unsafe their working conditions are, sharing information about their workload or salary with other employees on Facebook, or putting together a petition to oppose a pay cut will all be at risk. While many employees may take the right to engage in such activities for granted, without a functioning NLRB, little would stand
    in the way of employers who wish to fire workers for exercising these rights.[....]

    Read more: http://www.americanprogressaction.org/issues/labor/news/2013/07/10/69143/senate-republicans-may-allow-workers-rights-to-disappear/

    H/T David Madland and Keith Miller

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ – – – -ENCOURAGEMENT 4 our BLACK MALES [which MR. PRESIDENT CALLED 4] – –annnd 4 the family] —

    — -Op-ed: Coping with the Zimmerman verdict, through letters from my incarcerated father- –

    ——-The first thing I wanted to do when I heard that George Zimmerman was going to walk free and clear in the killing of Trayvon Martin (besides scream, weep, and curl in a ball) was talk to my father.

    I knew he would have some words of wisdom and truth to share about the pain and sense of betrayal I was feeling. Unfortunately, instead of talking to him I had to look to his letters from prison for comfort and support. As I sat with years of letters all over my living room floor, the painful irony of the moment had not escaped me. I couldn’t deal with my pain about the killing of Black men without first dealing with my pain about the incarceration of Black men. I was forced to see how the system that produced Trayvon’s death, and the verdict that set his killer free, colludes with the
    system that stole my father.
    As a mother of a 21 year old college senior, my body ran cold as I dealt with the cruel reality that far too many Black mothers like Sybrina Fulton will need a prison or funeral fund before they need a college fund. It was a long hard night.
    Drawing strength from years-old letters

    THERE IS MORE – — –

    – —-JUSTICE 4 TRAYVON♥ —-

    [Gotta "bounce" early. MISSIN' U/CARRYIN'U ---IN MY ♥ --B BLESSED♥]

  • creolechild

    Hobby Lobby Wins The Right To Deny Its Workers Birth Control

    The Oklahoma-based crafts store Hobby Lobby has won a temporary injunction against Obamacare’s birth control requirement, allowing the for-profit company to withhold contraceptive coverage from its 13,000 employees. Hobby Lobby will be exempted from that rule under the health law until October 1, when the federal government must decide whether to appeal the decision.[....] Hobby Lobby would have faced significant fines if it had violated Obamacare’s contraception rule. [....]

    At this point, many leaders in the Catholic community, including the Catholic Health Association and Georgetown University, have acknowledged their satisfaction with Obamacare’s contraception provision. But the Administration remains embroiled in at least 18 lawsuits with for-profit companies like Hobby Lobby.[....]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/07/19/2329951/hobby-lobby-birth-control/?mobile=nc

    H/T Tara Culp-Ressler

  • creolechild

    Hmmm… Did I miss the “outrage” from emos about the indefinite retention of Palestinians? Didn’t think so.

    Israel to free Palestinian prisoners over Kerry talks

    Israel announced on Saturday it would free Palestinian prisoners as a “gesture” and part of an agreement made with US Secretary of State John Kerry to resume peace talks. “There will be some release of prisoners,” said Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz. “I don’t want to give numbers but there will be heavyweight prisoners who have been in jail for tens of years.”[....]

    While the number of prisoners to be freed has not been divulged, one Palestinian official said discussions had previously focused on releasing 350 prisoners over a period of months, including about 100 men who have been held since before 1993, when Israelis and Palestinians signed the Oslo peace accords.[....]

    Read more: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/israel-and-palestine/130720/israel-free-palestinian-prisoners-over-kerry-talks

    H/T Jill Langlois

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

    Van should be concerned…

    Sherrilyn Ifill @Sifill_LDF1h
    Overheard: Gingrich telling Sen. McCain that @VanJones68 has been “very reasonable” in @CNNCrossfire discussions on Trayvon Martin issue.

    • conlakappa

      There is that word again… by the by, I heard a promo on the radio the other day in which Van was described as “civil rights activist.” I thought he was the green jobs guy.

      • pamelabrown53

        I seriously don’t know what to make of Van Jones. IMO, he appears all over the map and what he says is like a weather vane: depends on the day, issue and audience. It’s like he has no core. Does anyone else see that?

        • Aquagranny911

          Yes.

        • conlakappa

          He was dubbed Vain Jones here, IIRC. Perhaps he should be Vain Vane Jones. He is up there with Ben Jealous in people I am told I “should be sure to talk to” for work. I think he has at least 3 assistants, who all seem like lovely people but they read young enough to all be interns. That wouldn’t shock.

    • Miranda

      And so should we because if Gingrich is calling his statements “reasonable”, that can’t be good for the overwhelming POV of black people regarding the issue.

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

    Very disappointing…

    Of course Tim Wise throws his lot in with Sirota: https://t.co/9Jv5rRVZnN— Imani ABL (@AngryBlackLady) July 18, 2013

    • jziglar

      Why is it that these people keep on talking about POC in the middle east ? Many who have been killed by drones are terrorists who don’t give a damn about their lives. There is no comparison between an innocent bystander and a terrorist. I swear the emo left are so retarded.

    • creolechild

      Tim Wise lost his focus when he began to “interpret” how HE thought POC should react to or feel about statements PBO made, rather than “listening” to how WE felt. I stopped reading whatever he wrote after that because it was only a matter of time before he allowed his “privilege” to take the lead in further discussions pertaining to PBO. Ironic, isn’t it? Especially given the type of work that he had been deeply invested in up to that point…

      • edp4bho

        “….given the type of work that he had been deeply invested in up to that point…”

        Yeah, but he’s still white. Diana Sands iterated in a movie she played in opposite Jeff Daniels about the casualness of white folk.

        • conlakappa

          I think that was Beau Bridges and she broke it down to him. He assumed that their child would be able to exist with that same attitude, right?

    • Miranda

      If you look at his timeline, he made an attempt to justify himself before he must have realized ‘oops’ and back stepped like he was on the Midnight train to Georgia.

  • creolechild

    Honk If You Love Someone: A quest to make a city smile

    A man has made it his mission to make Washington, D.C. smile — especially on Monday mornings. This 5-minute video documenting the Make DC Smile project won the 2013 Pendragwn Youth Film Festival’s Grand Prize Award.[....]

    H/T Missoud Adibpour, PenYouthFest, Lucy Edwards and GNN

  • rikyrah

    Nancy Giles: On when we assume

    In this commentary “Sunday Morning” contributor Nancy Giles offers her take on when “reasonable” is used to define Stand Your Ground, Stop and Frisk, and our own anxiety:

    When Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, in Sanford, Fla., last year, my nephew Julius was living with me, and I worried about him all the time.

    Julius is 23, bright, well-spoken, funny, never been in trouble, and wears a baseball cap and a hooded sweat shirt, like a lot of young people his age. He worked days and weekends, and when he went out at night to meet his friends, we had the regular drill:

    Do you have your ID? Is your cell phone charged? Do you have one of my business cards? What’s with the pants? Is that sweatshirt warm enough?

    He knew what I meant, and would shake his head and make some adjustments. And I’d watch him and blink — and see his little boy face singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” in his sweet, little kid voice.

    I was relieved that there were no “Stand Your Ground” laws in New York and New Jersey, but still worried that Julius might be stopped and frisked by the NYPD — not because he’d done anything, but because (according to the language of “Stop and Frisk”) he could be stopped if the police had a “reasonable suspicion” of . . . something.

    A visible bulge in his pockets.

    Something called “furtive movements.”

    “Inappropriate attire off-season.” Hmm. He’s wearing long pants and it’s 90 degrees. Better stop and frisk.

    How is that “reasonable?”

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-3445_162-57594672/nancy-giles-on-when-we-assume/

  • rikyrah

    Walk-in clinics sprouting up to meet consumer needs
    Affordable Care Act may fuel future growth
    Jul. 20, 2013 10:06 PM

    Dr. Biju Matthews, a Titusville-based cardiologist, believes the Affordable Care Act is going to create a new wave of medical consumers armed with something they haven’t had before — health insurance.

    And many of those newly insured, Matthews said, are not going to have primary care physicians, nor are they going to want to go to a hospital emergency room for run-of-the-mill medical care, like cuts, colds or sore throats.

    That’s why Matthews and his medical partner, Dr. Naresh Mody, opened Chiron Urgent Care earlier this month, next to their cardiology practice on North Washington Avenue in Titusville.

    “It’s definitely a good service,” Matthews said, “and it’s already picked up within two or three weeks. We’re seeing a lot more than we expected in our initial pro forma.”

    With just months to go before the individual mandates from the Affordable Care Act kick in, walk-in clinics like Chiron Urgent Care are seen as one of the medical niches with the potential for rapid growth.

    Part of that is because of the health insurance opportunities offered by the Affordable Care Act, but also because some patients might decide to pay the tax penalty and not carry insurance but still seek medical care.

    Either way, patients will be looking at walk-in clinics — where costs are lower and service quicker than traditional emergency rooms — for more of their medical care.

    “We’re probably going to have to hire another doctor full time and expand,” said Laura Newell, operations manager at the Eau Gallie Walk-In Clinic in Melbourne. “We’re going to get slammed.”

    Dr. David Williams, who started MedFast Urgent Care Centers in 2007, now has five walk-in facilities — the most recent opening in Rockledge last December. Williams concedes business could increase at the clinics due to the Affordable Care Act, but he maintains there are better reasons for MedFast’s growth.

    http://www.floridatoday.com/article/20130721/BUSINESS/307210046?nclick_check=1

  • rikyrah

    Virginia GOP Nominee For Governor: I Still Believe Gay People Are ‘Soulless’ And ‘Self Destructive’

    By Josh Israel on Jul 20, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    In his first gubernatorial debate against Democratic nominee Terry McAuliffe, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinellii II (R) admitted Saturday that his extreme anti-LGBT views have not changed. While reaffirming his extreme earlier comments about what he termed “the personal challenge of homosexuality,” he suggested that he would create an economically positive environment that would help LGBT Virginians.

    McAuliffe repeatedly attacked Cuccinelli throughout the Virginia Bar Association debate in Hot Springs, VA for his record of demonizing science, women’s health, and LGBT people. Twice, McAuliffe noted that Cuccinelli had called LGBT Virginians “soulless” and “self-destructive” and that his attempts to rescind non-discrimination protections have hurt Virginia’s business climate.

    Cuccinelli consistently ignored the attacks until moderator Judy Woodruff asked him directly about his previous comments. Cuccinelli responded briefly, saying, “My personal beliefs about the personal challenges of homosexuality haven’t changed.” He then said that as governor he he would “create an environment” economically every Virginian has opportunity.

    http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2013/07/20/2332681/cuccinelli-virginia-gay-people-soulless/

  • rikyrah

    Why Tom Perez Matters

    By Ian Millhiser on Jul 18, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    Just a few minutes ago, the Senate confirmed Tom Perez, the top civil rights attorney in the Department of Justice, to be the next Secretary of Labor — an outcome that, until two days ago, appeared likely never to happen. Senate Republicans opposed Perez’s confirmation so strenuously that some of them did not even wait for President Obama to formally announce Perez’s nomination before they attacked him. The final vote to break their filibuster of Perez’s nomination was 60-40 — exactly the number of votes he needed to move forward. And this result probably never would have happened if Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) had not come within an inch of invoking the so-called “nuclear option” in order to force a deal that included Perez’s confirmation.

    The fact that Perez emerged as Obama’s most controversial cabinet appointment reflects a very significant bias in our confirmation process. Secretary Perez has two Ivy League degrees, including a law degree with honors from Harvard Law School. The market salary for an attorney in private practice with an honors Harvard JD is $160,000 a year — and that’s in their very first year after graduation. Perez, as an experienced attorney with years of senior-level government service, obviously could command substantially more money. At any point in his career — from the day he graduated from Harvard through today — Perez could have left public service and chosen a career that would have made him very rich very quickly. He never once took this path.

    Instead, Secretary Perez spent his entire career in public service — as a law clerk to a federal judge, as a prosecutor in the same Civil Rights Division he would go on to lead, as an adviser to Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA) on civil rights, and in various high-level civil rights and labor policy jobs at the state and federal level. When his law school classmates were plotting how to convert their six-figure associate salaries into seven-figure partnerships, Perez put white supremacists in prison.

    It’s unlikely that conservatives opposed his nomination simply because he chose public service over wealth, however. What really drove this opposition was the way he conducted himself throughout his career. Secretary Perez pushed basic labor protections such as a minimum wage for domestic workers when he served on the Montgomery County City Council, an effort that ultimately succeeded after he left the council. He promised to “throw the book” at employers who withheld pay from immigrant workers. He saved a key prong of federal fair housing law from an attempt to neuter it in the Supreme Court, and he used that very aspect of the law to collect hundreds of millions of dollars from major banks that charged minority homeowners more than whites seeking a mortgage. He also reinvigorated the Civil Right’s Division’s historic commitment to protecting voting rights after the Bush Administration largely shunned that role. Indeed, Perez led the push against voter ID, a common method used by conservatives to shift the electorate rightward, in Texas and South Carolina.

    At every one of these junctures, Secretary Perez could have been less aggressive. He could have decided to preserve his chances of surviving a future confirmation hearing by not taking actions that would enrage powerful conservatives. Instead, he rigorously enforced the law and fought hard to improve it — predictably making many enemies in the process. His confirmation today is proof that it is still possible to live your life the way Perez did, and still rise to the highest levels of government.

    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/07/18/2318901/why-tom-perez-matters/

    • edp4bho

      OMG, this is great. Given his background, the call by a prominent economics professor in Philly for PBO to use his administration to enforce fair labor laws, so that they benefit AAs looking for work, will be realized. Folks’ complaints about PBO not doing enough to aid in getting blacks employed shall fall on my deaf ear. PBO is always working diligently behind the scenes; AAs need to get that it is a reprehensible congress putting the screws to anything he tries to bring forth.

      • goldenstar

        Actually these critics, especially the Black critics, need to become informed and to organize. Why wasn’t there an effort led by these very critics to lobby the Senate about the Perez nomination? Why was there no effort to educate folks about these nominations? Why was there no coalition building?

        These folks are frauds.

        • conlakappa

          Because he is the quiet, unassuming type. He is probably even less inclined to hit the cocktail circuit than the President is.

        • pamelabrown53

          As a white woman, I don’t feel comfortable calling Black critics “frauds” but I’ll proffer my unsolicited opinion anyway. I see too many established organizations from the NAACP to MoveOn as abdicating the heavy lifting of grass roots organizing to obtaining our e-mail addresses and $$$. Somehow, if we apply enough pressure to “Barack, the Magic Negro”, then he’ll wave his wand and he’ll wipe away all the sordid part of our history.

          What REALLY chaps me is this allows the Tavises and Sirotas to use Obama as their whipping boy (thus infantilizing him) while they attempt to obfuscate and demoralize us in pursuit of fandom and money.

          As the saying goes: I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired…

  • rikyrah

    Two Tales Of Profiling, From The Highest Offices In The Land

    by Gene Demby
    July 19, 2013 7:20 PM

    President Obama’s surprise remarks Friday afternoon about the Trayvon Martin case, racial profiling and race more broadly was almost certainly his most extensive remarks about the role race plays in American life — and the role it has played in his own — since his presidency began.
    “You know, when Trayvon Martin was first shot I said that this could have been my son,” President Obama said Friday. “Another way of saying that is, Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago.”

    For Obama, discussing race has been especially treacherous. When he weighed in on the case last year — “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon” — his comments were viewed by many as an attempt to humanize Trayvon and empathize with his family, while many other people felt he was attempting to put his thumb on the scale in the case. (His comments came before George Zimmerman had been charged.)

    But that’s perhaps what made in the White House briefing room so fascinating. “You know, when Trayvon Martin was first shot I said that this could have been my son,” he said. “Another way of saying that is, Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago.”

    The president tried to contextualize the reaction that so many African-Americans had to the trial and the issue of racial profiling by talking about his own experiences.

    There are very few African-American men in this country who haven’t had the experience of being followed when they were shopping in a department store. That includes me. There are very few African-American men who haven’t had the experience of walking across the street and hearing the locks click on the doors of cars. That happens to me — at least before I was a senator. There are very few African-Americans who haven’t had the experience of getting on an elevator and a woman clutching her purse nervously and holding her breath until she had a chance to get off. That happens often.

    And I don’t want to exaggerate this, but those sets of experiences inform how the African-American community interprets what happened one night in Florida. And it’s inescapable for people to bring those experiences to bear. The African-American community is also knowledgeable that there is a history of racial disparities in the application of our criminal laws — everything from the death penalty to enforcement of our drug laws. And that ends up having an impact in terms of how people interpret the case.

    Contrast that with his .

    It’s not clear just yet what prompted the president to revisit the verdict, but his statements came just days after Attorney General Eric Holder sharply critiqued stand your ground self-defense laws like the ones in Florida. (Stand your ground wasn’t directly invoked in George Zimmerman’s trial, but it has been a major part of the discussion surrounding the trial.) In his comments, Holder got pretty personal as well.

    http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2013/07/19/203715163/two-tales-of-profiling-from-the-highest-offices-in-the-land

    • edp4bho

      White folks and media in general seem so dumbfounded by PBO’s comments, acting as if no racism had been visited upon him by them since the day he took office. This is the evil that lurks in their decrepit hearts- you piss on me and tell me it’s only rain. Been like this since our beginning here on these shores. God damn them, till they get right with Him.

      • conlakappa

        Yes, “surprise” was charming. I guess that describes his whole presidency. From the surge in the stock market and the housing market and consumer comfidence being righted. I would challenge them to surprise me with any diversity on their editorial boards and/or plum jobs like White House correspondents.

  • rikyrah

    “CNN’s Don Lemon schools white conservative: ‘Your privilege does not allow you to see… certain circumstances in society’

    from RawStory

    “You’re filtering it through a place of privilege that
    you don’t understand. Your privilege does not allow you to see certain
    biases and certain circumstances in society. And what I said on the air
    yesterday, let me finish, what I said on the air yesterday was that I
    hoped that you would sleep on it and at least think about it before
    having a knee-jerk reaction to what the President was saying — the most
    powerful African-American in the world — telling you that there is an
    issue and you’re telling him that his circumstances and what he sees and
    what he lives is not valid. And that is insulting to do that.”

    “Listen to me,” said Lemon. “I’m telling you about my experience. The
    president is telling you about his experience. And you’re saying that
    we’re not having that experience. And who are you to tell us we’re not
    having that experience when you’re not living it? You’re not in our
    bodies. It’s insulting for you to say, ‘Oh, That’s not happening!’ How
    can you say that? You don’t live as a black man! You don’t know that!”

    • conlakappa

      Did someone spike the lip gloss?

      • crazycanuck

        LOL, I thought the same thing, had to read the name twice.

      • Alma98

        LOL!!!

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

        LOL!

    • edp4bho

      Whoaa ! Well, even lemonhead can’t deny his own experiences. Good for him. Morning and blessed day, POU.

    • GOVCHRIS1988

      ARMOR ALL LIPS DONE WENT MILITANT!!!!!!!!! Alright.

    • BoomerGal

      Oh, they always did try to tell us HOW to feel, WHAT to feel and determine our credibility, worth, validity and everything else. SOSDD.

  • crazycanuck

    SMDH

    Imani ABL ‏@AngryBlackLady13m

    • Town

      It’s a step up from being called a drug dealer, I guess.

      • Aquagranny911

        I tried not to laugh but I could not help it.

      • conlakappa

        Or asked if there were a busboy/dishwasher strike.

    • Miranda

      I would be remiss if I didn’t laugh. Pretty much, that’s all you can do.

    • BoomerGal

      That’s just sad.

    • jds09

      True story….When I was a teenager my mother took me to the Summer Olympics in Montreal ’76. We rented an apartment in the suburbs for a couple of weeks, while in the grocery store a white woman approached my mother and asked her what event she participated in. Mind you, my mother was trim but she definitely a middle-aged woman with a middle-aged body.
      I watched my mama pause, looked at me, then back at the white woman, she proceeded to go into this whole back story that she was the American record holder in the women’s hurdles. She even signed a Wheaties box. That shit is still funny.

  • rikyrah

    President Obama’s Recent Race Speech Colors Purple, A Call for Truth and Reconciliation
    Friday, July 19, 2013 | Posted by adept2u at 2:57 PM

    There’s a scene from The Color Purple that immediately jumped in my mind after hearing President Obama’s most recent discussion on race. The family Suge Avery and her boyfriend are sitting around the table, and Mister insults Miss Celie just one time too often. She grabs a knife, curses him, and declares her independence.

    It Isn’t Miss Celie I’m feeling right now, although President Obama played the role, I’m feeling Ms. Sophia.

    Ms. Sophia had her face scared and her spirit broken from a completely unjust interaction with a racist criminal justice system. Remember it? The White lady wanted to pet her child, and she had the nerve to speak out against it, got attacked defended herself and was beaten down in the street.

    That’s exactly how I and a great many Black people felt in the aftermath of the Zimmerman trial’s verdict.

    President Obama spoke the kind of truth that Black America needed to hear to go forward, and for that I will forever treasure the two votes I cast for him.. Ms. Sophia was able to wake up from the slumber the abuse had placed her. She was able to be herself again.

    I’d like to add a call for action.

    We are currently in the midst of celebrating the life and times of the Madiba. I like President Obama came to political activism struggling against our nation’s support of South Africa. I would like to propose a tool the South African people used to great effect, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission except an American one.

    The most appealing aspect of this idea to me is that of Truth. We would have stakeholders from say, not just Native peoples, but the issues of a Native person from the plains and from Alaska. We would have not just Asians, but Japanese to speak of internment, Chinese to speak of their experiences in America’s cities. We should have stake holders for everyone to write in an event where all of American history is discussed.

    http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2013/07/president-obamas-recent-race-speech.html

  • rikyrah

    Goldie Taylor ‏@goldietaylor 6m

    Yes, indeed… RT @Toure: Tavis is stuck in “Must Criticize Obama No Matter What” land. It’s not a pretty place.

    • conlakappa

      Tweeted from a place with no mirrors.

      • pamelabrown53

        Tavis’s mirror is “Lost in the Fun House”. Except he doesn’t know it.

  • rikyrah

    Detroit Sinks Deeper Into Hell As It Faces Right Wing Utopian Fantasies

    By: Deborah Foster
    Jul. 21st, 2013

    This week, David Atkins and Lynn Parramore, writing at Alternet, each told the story of the downfall of Sears. Once an American institution with over a century of successfully providing goods and services to the nation, Sears has fallen into a state of business failure free fall. The company has been hemorrhaging customers, seeing its profits plummet, and its reputation nosedive. If there is anyone who deserves credit for the company’s demise, it is the Ayn-Rand loving, libertarian Eddie Lampert, recently ranked #2 on the Forbe’s list of America’s worst CEOs. Mr. Lampert’s decision to embrace the economic philosophy of Friedrich von Hayek, beloved among libertarian conservatives, means that he scorns investment in infrastructure, education, or the labor force. Instead, his concerns are always with austerity, budget reduction, and the bottom line. He believes in the free-market, corporate largesse, and greedy self-interest. These beliefs led him to implement an organization of his company whereby he broke it into over 30 smaller components and then basically told them that they needed to compete with each other in a cutthroat atmosphere to earn more profits. The result? Individual units within the corporation began undermining each other. Parramore notes, “Units competed for ad space in Sears’ circulars, and since the unit with the most money got the most ad space, one Mother’s Day circular ended up being released featuring a mini bike for boys on its cover.” Yes, that sounds like excellent business acumen; mini-bikes are famously popular gifts for mothers. Employees became disheartened to the point where Sears was ranked the 6th worst place to work in America by AOL Jobs.

    Meanwhile, this week also brought news that the City of Detroit tried to file for bankruptcy under the direction of its state-appointed, anti-democratic “emergency manager,” only to be rebuffed by a judge’s ruling. How does Detroit’s situation relate to Sears’s sad demise? Both are facing the specter of Randian objectivism, free market fanaticism, dehumanization of ordinary people, and an abdication of corporate responsibility. As the workers at Sears have been forced into cutthroat competition, so too, have Detroit’s residents been asked to compete over insufficient and scant resources.

    There is no question that Detroit has been struggling for decades. As a rust-belt city dependent on manufacturing, it has faced the same woes as many other cities in the region as our country’s manufacturing jobs were shipped overseas. However, the historical dependence of Detroit on the auto industry has meant that its well-being has been tethered to the whims and welfare of the American auto corporations. As the business infrastructure of the city aged, rather than investing in and developing new factories, these corporations opened up plants in other parts of Michigan, Ohio, Canada, etc. They left behind massive, abandoned factories that not only pepper the city with dangerous, broken-down eyesores, but also left the city with a dramatic loss of jobs. With little other choice remaining, residents of the city departed by the millions seeking employment. Many of those who remained were simply too poor to relocate. The city government was left with an ever-decreasing tax base to maintain its functioning, falling more and more into debt. Instead of taxing the remaining corporations and businesses within the city, Detroit was essentially blackmailed into giving them colossal tax breaks under threat of seeing the businesses pick up and move. The State of Michigan has also been withholding funds that it is supposed to give Detroit through revenue-sharing, restricting their access even further to necessary resources.

    The commonalities between what is happening to Sears and what is happening to Detroit are that both are now being subjected to right wing ideology, Ayn Rand philosophy, and von Hayek’s austerity economics. The results for each are similar. People will unnecessarily suffer. Damage will eventually need to be undone. And people will have to learn the hard way what a failure these poisonous schools of thought really are.

    According to reports, the emergency manager, Kevyn Orr, and his cohorts, wealthy businessmen and corporations, have big plans for Detroit. They can’t wait to implement their conservative fantasies of privatizing and cutting city services, busting unions, selling off public assets, and laying off public employees. The citizens of Detroit have already seen 20% of their city’s workforce cut by their Democratic, multi-millionaire mayor, David Bing. In a place that suffers from a severe lack of jobs (there is one job for every four residents), more layoffs is just what the community needs. Among the upcoming plans approved by Orr are service shut-offs to neighborhoods determined to be too poor or under-populated for private investment to be profitable. The city’s unsung assets, including the Detroit Institute of Arts, Belle Isle Park, and even the animals at the Detroit Zoo, have all been appraised and are ready for sale to private interests. Public services ranging from transportation to garbage collection and water treatment will soon be privatized and in the hands of for-profit corporations.

    http://www.politicususa.com/2013/07/21/detroit-sinks-deeper-hell-faces-wing-utopian-fantasies.html

    • Miranda

      White supremacist and libertarian racists alike have always hated Detroit. Way before now – I remain convinced that Henry Ford caused their complete mental breakdown over Detroit, Michigan. He put black folks on the assembly lines and paid them exactly what he was paying their white counterparts…thus the hatred commenced.

      • BoomerGal

        And they joined the union too?? WTH???

  • rikyrah

    Sorry Dan Riehl but Obama is not the First Racist
    By: Keith Brekhus
    Jul. 19th, 2013

    The conservative reaction to Barack Obama’s speech on the Zimmerman case was immediately hysterical, hyperbolic and all too predictable. Pundits on the right launched into quick attacks accusing Obama of promoting divisiveness and discord. The defenders of white privilege, who seem to believe racism is dead unless it is people of color attacking white people, doubled down on charges of “reverse racism” with clueless comments that could only come from people who are willfully ignorant of American history.

    White victimhood has become the cause du jour for many on the political right and nowhere was it more evident than in a tweet from influential conservative blogger Dan Riehl who tweeted “If you ever had any doubts, Obama is the first Racist in Chief.” In the delusional white mind of Mr. Riehl no president in our history has ever been as racist as Mr. Obama whose apparent verbal hate crime is that he had the temerity to point out that 35 years ago he was a black teenager. Wow, has any President ever done anything so racist in the history of our nation? Well, actually yes. Worse even. Much worse.

    Perhaps Mr. Riehl maybe has not heard of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, Andrew Jackson, John Tyler, James Polk or Zachary Taylor. All eight of these men owned black slaves while they were President. However, in Riehl’s world maybe there is nothing racist about owning people as chattel property based on the color of their skin. Maybe Mr. Riehl is also oblivious to presidents Andrew Jackson and Martin Van Buren forcibly removing 15,000 American Indians from their homes in the Trail of Tears.

    http://www.politicususa.com/2013/07/19/dan-riehl-obama-racist-president.html

  • gn

    @CharlesMBlow
    When ppl point 2 the “breakdown of the blk family” but don’t acknowledge that this country has endeavored to break it down, I stop listening

    • Aquagranny911

      What about the “breakdown” of white families? I have seen plenty of dysfunction there. I should not be evil on a Sunday morning but I have found the way some Anglos treat their elders to be disgraceful. I have seen much more respect & care for the aging in AA, Latino, Asian & other minority cultures than I have seen from many whites who wish to distance & warehouse their elders as fast as they can.

      I have read whiny articles about the so called “sandwich generation” who must “care for both children & parents.” So sad, too bad. POC find value in their elders (♥ to my “crazy Tio” from Yuma) & care for and respect those who cared for them when they were small & in need. We cherish our children just as most whites do, maybe more since we well know the perils that await them in this world.

      BAH! to any who wish to point fingers. They should look to their own houses first!

      POU, I think I’m getting too militant. I know that there are people who hate me just for being who I was born. I try not to hate back but these times do try me.

      • Miranda

        I have read whiny articles about the so called “sandwich generation” who must “care for both children & parents.

        —————–
        I’m always amazed when I see white people, particularly the so-called liberals, whining about taking care of their elderly parents these days. Quite amazed and disturbed at the same time.

        • BoomerGal

          Along with privilege and entitlement comes a very different value system.

        • Aquagranny911

          It is disturbing. I grew up in a multi-generational household. When my Abuelo died, Granny came to live with us, not because she HAD to but because we wanted her to & she wanted to.
          She & Mama were always very close.

          She was an integral, important part of our lives. Sometimes I think we need her more than she needed us. She passed more than 30 years ago & I still miss her so much.

          Now, I got to stop cause I’m getting teary.

        • conlakappa

          Whining that seems to alternate with requests for a cookie/gold star.

  • gn

    @SwaysUniverse
    Wyclef Jean Tributes Trayvon Martin With ‘Justice’ Performance
    http://tinyurl.com/kyldkar

    • Miranda

      I think a tribute CD should be released. Already I can think of 4 songs created just to dedicate to Trayvon since the verdict – Raheem DeVaughn, Young Jeezy, Pastor Troy and now I believe I saw an article about Lil Scrappy doing one too somewhere.

      • goldenstar

        And raise funds for the Trayvon Martin Foundation.

  • rikyrah

    For Obamas, Vineyard has enduring attraction
    Vacations on welcoming island appeal to president and family
    By Matt Viser
    | Globe Staff

    July 17, 2013

    When Barack Obama stepped on the Vineyard that day in 2004, fresh from his well-received national debut at the Democratic National Convention, the island community not only embraced him — it wrapped him in a bear hug. People streamed into Edgartown’s Old Whaling Church to see the ascendant Illinois state senator, there to attend a forum on race relations. The wooden pews seat 800; 1,000 people showed up. “The crowd just erupted when he walked out there with me,” said Obama’s former Harvard Law professor, Charles Ogletree, a Vineyard summer resident. “He felt, ‘Well, this is the place for me.’ ” The Vineyard has indeed become Obama’s “place.” His nearly annual sojourns on the island have coincided with his growth as a politician, from state senator, to US Senator and presidential candidate, to Oval Office occupant. Next month Obama is scheduled to return again.

    http://www.bostonglobe.com/news/nation/2013/07/16/with-second-term-return-obama-firmly-establishes-vineyard-first-family-refuge/WGuRG3CruBqYoWGgFB3xeM/story.html

    • Miranda

      Oh good grief. Every year we get to hear them go on an on about the Obamas on Martha’s Vineyard. The monkey howlings about the First Family spending 3 quaztillion dollars on vacations begin in 5…..4…..3…..2…..

      • Aquagranny911

        What always fails to be mentioned is that Martha’s Vineyard is a very small island that can be secured easily by the Secret Service for the safety of our President & his family. I’m sure his SS detail much prefer that to when he goes home to Hawaii or visits other venues.

      • conlakappa

        The MSM did write a lot about the Clintons going there but not from the angle of costs but rather from “they hang with rich people.”

    • BoomerGal

      Honey, they can have it!! Damp, high humidity and fresh water seafood, UGH!

  • Alma98

    Good morning.

  • Aquagranny911

    I just bumped into this over at TOD, got a real kick out of it & wanted to share. This Chica can sing!

    • Alma98

      She can really sing! Give this girl a contract!

    • Miranda

      She’s awesome!

  • Miranda

    Peeps, what would be a catchy hashtag to start in order to push for an investigation of the non-sequestration of the jury that acquitted a child murderer? Is #WhatSequestration a good one?

    • jds09

      How about #SequestrationMyAss…too much? lol

      • Alma98

        It’s perfect!

        • Miranda

          I believe we have a winner!

      • Aquagranny911

        I vote that one up!

    • creolechild

      Look Who’s Talking Too?

  • creolechild

    Unh hun…

    Labor Unions: Obamacare Will ‘Shatter’ Our Health Benefits, Cause ‘Nightmare Scenarios’

    [....] Last Thursday, representatives of three of the nation’s largest unions fired off a letter to Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, warning that
    Obamacare would “shatter not only our hard-earned health benefits, but destroy the foundation of the 40 hour work week that is the backbone of the American middle class.” The letter was penned by James P. Hoffa, general president of the International
    Brotherhood of Teamsters; Joseph Hansen, international president of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union; and Donald “D.” Taylor, president of UNITE-HERE, a union representing hotel, airport, food service, gaming, and textile workers.[....]

    What a lot of people may not realize is that for much of our history,
    labor unions opposed universal coverage.[....] Labor unions opposed FDR’s half-hearted attempt at universal coverage,
    and split on Truman’s related proposal. Unions were fine with Medicare and Medicaid, because health benefits for retirees and poor people weren’t as relevant to their interests. It wasn’t until the 1970s that the goals of progressives and labor unions became closely aligned on national health care.[....]

    Read more: http://www.forbes.com/sites/theapothecary/2013/07/15/labor-leaders-obamacare-will-shatter-their-health-benefits-cause-nightmare-scenarios/

    H/T Avik Roy

    • Aquagranny911

      What kind of caca is this? And where is the $$$? Somebody is getting something somewhere. I have long believed that we needed to cut employment from health insurance. The fear of no health insurance & getting sick has kept many at the mercy of their employers.

      While big ass corps like WalfuckingMart use us the tax payers to pay their employees’ “benefit package.”

      I call a big BS on these labor union leaders & I ask “cui bono?” Something stinks big time here!

      • TyrenM

        Forbes…

        • creolechild

          Note, in particular, the information pertaining to the 1970s.

          PBS- Healthcare Crisis: Healthcare Timeline

          http://www.pbs.org/healthcarecrisis/history.htm

          • Aquagranny911

            Fig their “union bargaining clout” If they really care about the workers they should want to see employee health care no longer held hostage by employers & management.

            What union bosses have been doing recently is really confusing some people about ACA & especially the employer mandate & its delay. I’ve talked to several people who have been upset & unsure.

            The unions need to come out strong for ACA or just sit down & STFU. My, humble opinion & maybe I am also too confused on this issue!

          • jziglar

            I agree. Health care being tied to employment has also dragged down wages. Companies have to divert more money for workers health care benefits and if they didn’t have to do that workers would be getting paid more. There is a tradeoff when you get insurance through an employer.

          • Aquagranny911

            Exactly! I remember being told several times: “We are paying you ‘X’ but you are really getting ‘Y’ because we are (mostly or not) paying for your health insurance. And, you also get a parking space that is only half a mile from your office, despite the fact that you come & go constantly with emergencies in the field.

            They can all bite the cactus since most of my so called “benefits” sucked rocks & I had health ins through Hubby usually which meant I got screwed!

          • TyrenM

            Speaking of X v. Y, Imma have to asked are we about to be taxed for health insurance now instead of it being a deduction? I just had this debate while arguing for my last raise.

          • Aquagranny911

            NO! I thought an individual only paid tax penalty if they refused to get health ins & that only kicks in by 2016 or so.

            A lot of people will be getting tax rebate if they have to buy their own ins on exchanges.

            If your part of health insurance comes out of pre-tax money, I’m not sure. You need to check with the Gov hot line for this one. When Hubby was still working, I know that what we paid for our end of health insurance came out of pre-tax dollars.

            I don’t know if that will still be the same now. I don’t want to sound like a paranoid old biddy but I really would not trust any employer for accurate info about ACA.

    • eclecticbrotha

      I’ve noticed a peculiar pattern when it comes to the heads of some of the biggest labor unions, especially with Richard Trumka: they pop off based on inaccurate or incomplete info early on, then have to backtrack and clarify when all the facts are in. Plus, I don’t trust fake-ass “No Labels” moderates like Steve Forbes for a damn second. So, for now I’ll wait.

      • creolechild

        Thank you for bringing that up about Trumka. I’ve noticed that too and sometimes wonder what their agenda is on various issues because it’s not always readily apparent through their actions. There’s no denying that some of the best benefits that Americans have were the results of union advocacy. These days, I tend to be skeptical of many “traditional” organizations and take everything with a grain of salt.

  • Miranda

    #SequestrationMyAss USE IT – h/t jds09

    • conlakappa

      I would suggest #SequesterMyAss lest it be confused with what is going on in DC.

  • Miranda

    OMG______________________________#TavisWeeps – and its a top trending topic!

    TheObamaDiary.com ‏@TheObamaDiary41m
    #TavisWeeps when 99.99% of the country say “who?”

    Arrogant Demon ‏@ArrogantDemon1h
    #TavisWeeps when he saw Barack & Michelle dressed to the nines dancing at their Inaugural Ball #MichelleShouldaBeenWithMe

    LiberalPhenom ‏@LiberalPhenom1h
    #TavisWeeps when Pres Obama convenes AA leaders to the WH and he’s not one of them. #ButWhatAboutMyStateofBlackAmerica conference?

    LiberalPhenom ‏@LiberalPhenom1h
    #TavisWeeps every time Pres Obama walks across the WH lawn to board Marine one. #ItShouddaBeenMe

    Tommy C. ‏@BoyVirginiaMade 2m
    *cries laughing between sips* Cheers! “@goldietaylor: Scrolls through #TavisWeeps *sips red Kool-Aid*”

    #FeministMILF ‏@FeministaJones 13m
    #TavisWeeps because he stopped getting invited to the family reunion 3 years ago

    KSK(africa) ‏@lawalazu 2m
    #TavisWeeps because there is social media.

    • Alma98

      LOL!

    • rikyrah

      Travis…

      we told you…

      you don’t want NO PARTS of Black Twitter

    • crazycanuck

      I knew that hashtag was going to trend lol. He asked for that one.

      • Aquagranny911

        OT: CC, I left you messages about your critter infestation last night & down this thread. Did you see them?

  • creolechild

    Tornado tears through Ohio’s Ursuline College

    An F1 tornado packing winds upwards of 110 miles an hour ripped
    through the campus of Ohio’s Ursuline College on Saturday, seriously
    damaging a new athletic center and causing structural damage to other buildings.[....] Due to summer holidays, only about five students were on campus at the time out of the usual 1,500, and they were located well away from the damaged gymnasium.

    The roof of the new O’Brien Athletic Center was lifted off and a wall
    collapsed, wrote Cleveland.com, with extensive structural damage. It
    remains unclear if the facility will be able to be salvaged.[....]

    Read more: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/united-states/130721/tornado-tears-through-ohios-ursuline-college

    H/T Faine Greenwood

  • rikyrah

    Touré ✔

    @Toure

    Tavis gets value out of being the Prez of
    the Black Haters of Obama Club. Example: without that he wouldn’t have
    been on MeetThePress today.

    11:21 AM – 21 Jul 2013

    • JojoRaze

      I’m gone for a couple of hours and Tavis’ hateration got put on Front Street and Blast Ave? Good! I love PBO,-ending folks’ hustles since 2007.

  • rikyrah

    Alycee

    @jazziz2

    #TavisWeeps because his #PovertyPimp income has been dramatically reduced in the era of #PBO.

    11:37 AM – 21 Jul 2013

  • rikyrah

    rootwoman123

    @rootwoman123

    #TavisWeeps because he’s the person most associated with the dreadful hashtag #BlackBitterati. Snap out of it, Brother!

    11:44 AM – 21 Jul 2013
    from Southfield, MI, United States

  • rikyrah

    ExtremeLiberal (Jim)

    @ExtremeLiberal

    Who is this Tavis guy – is he the one who helped con ppl into subprime loans? #tavisweeps

  • Kennymack1971

    #TavisWeeps.#BlackTwitter has cut a switch and is going to town.

  • rikyrah

    Mrs Ziggy

    @MrsZiggy1988

    #TavisWeeps because both his Poverty Pimp Card and His Black Card were revoked at the same damn time!

    11:54 AM – 21 Jul 2013

    eclecticbrotha

    @eclecticbrotha

    #TavisWeeps because his Poverty Pimpin’ Tour came to a screeching halt when his Wells Fargo Wagon caught a flat tire.

    11:44 AM – 21 Jul 2013

    LiberalPhenom

    @LiberalPhenom

    #TavisWeeps because Wells Fargo and Wal-Mart stopped bankrolling his anti-poverty hustle. Now he has to wait for Fox to call.

    11:36 AM – 21 Jul 2013

  • rikyrah

    Bobfr

    @Our4thEstate

    #TavisWeeps because #PBO created the Consumer Finance Protection Board in part to nail subprime mortgage scams that he pimped for WellsFargo

    12:13 PM – 21 Jul 2013

  • rikyrah

    here’s the page for

    #TavisWeeps:

    https://twitter.com/search?q=%23TavisWeeps&src=hash

    • goldenstar

      The only regret is that Twitter has no rating system. Some of these are priceless!

      Woohoo!!!

    • TyrenM

      kahuna754
      @kahuna754
      #TavisWeeps because President Obama doesn’t sound like he has a mouth full of waffles (the way travis sounds)

    • annvic

      Thank you!

  • rikyrah

    Confronted By Univision Reporter, Steve King Says Comparison Of Immigrants To Dogs Was A Compliment

    By Rebecca Leber on Jul 21, 2013 at 11:53 am

    In a Univision interview, leading Hispanic reporter Jorge Ramos confronted Rep. Steve King (R-IA) over remarks in 2012 where the congressman likened immigrants to dogs. King refused to apologize, even as Ramos told him “many people would find that offensive and racist.”

    Video of King’s 2012 town hall shows him saying America has the “pick of the litter,” and should pick the “friskier” immigrants, “not the one that’s over there sleeping on the corner.”

    But King denies that he ever made the comparison. Interrupting Ramos throughout the interview to make that point, King said, “I told you if you watch that video you would know that was a speech celebrating legal immigrants.”

    Here is an excerpt of the testy exchange:

    RAMOS: So from your point of view, you actually did not compare immigrants to dogs?

    KING: I said that speech was about the vigor of legal immigration. It was a very complimentary speech and no I did not do that.

    RAMOS : I don’t think many people found that complementary. [Crosstalk]. You know it is not complimentary to compare a group of immigrants to animals.

    http://thinkprogress.org/immigration/2013/07/21/2333411/univision-interview-king-immigration/

    • Aquagranny911

      Go Jorge! You know I ♥ you most of the time just for your pretty ojos. You know you can do it when you really want to!

      OH, to King, Bite The Big Cactus, cabrio f*&ker!

      • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

        Do not mess with Jorge Ramos.

  • itgurl_29

    #TavisWeeps b/c that pretty MF’er Barack Obama will always be the “Stephan Urquelle” & to Tavis’ buster@ssed version of “Steven Urkel”

    @mjohnso27

  • crazycanuck

    GN, you did not go ther lmao

    gn @GN192

    #TavisWeeps because Geraldo’s nasty naked ass in a towel is prettier than Smiley’s reputation in the black community these days. #SMDH

  • crazycanuck

    Is this really Nancy P daughter?

    sfpelosi @sfpelosi

    #TavisWeeps
    because in 19 minutes President @BarackObama inspired
    more deep conversation about race than Smiley has his whole career. #J4TM

    • goldenstar

      Yes, AFAIK.

    • conlakappa

      Oh, that is going to leave a mark.

  • crazycanuck

    John V. Moore @johnvmoore

    #TavisWeeps
    because Black folk know that Joe Biden has more street cred than he does.

    That is so true

  • crazycanuck

    OMG, i can’t

    mjohnso27 ‏@mjohnso273m

    #TavisWeeps because black folks have already submitted an application to trade him for Robin Thicke in the next racial draft

    Retweeted by itgurl

    • Miranda

      I thought we already had Robin Thicke! What the hell….we gotta get new people in our management office.

  • gn

    @BlkPoliticSport
    Stevie Wonder now #BruceSpringsteen will #BoycottFLORIDA until #StandYourGround law is repealed! #JusticeForTrayvon pic.twitter.com/j08s21024r

    • crazycanuck

      Yeah Bruce

    • Miranda

      THE BOSS!

      You know who I want to see stand up? The Estefans…they are religious symbols in south Florida – somebody needs to get their response.

      • Aquagranny911

        Great idea! I’ll do what I can.

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

      BRUUUUUUUUUUUCE!

      • gn

        Thought you’d like that!

  • goldenstar

    ElmObamaTwoTermz ‏@lordxmen2k5m

    #TavisWeeps because when he asks a girl for her phone number they say “411”

    • crazycanuck

      LOL

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

      I read this in Elmo’s voice. lol

  • rikyrah

    Meet The 17-Year-Old Who Blew The Lid Off Racial Profiling With His iPod

    “We’re going to go out there and violate some rights.” Hear the secret police recordings that will take your breath away. In a bad way.

    A secret audio recording of a stop-and-frisk in action sheds unprecedented light on a practice that has put the city’s young people of color in the NYPD’s crosshairs.

  • goldenstar

    I’m watching the replay of MTP. Tavis is out-of-control. Interesting that Michael Steele is the only person agreeing with him. Prof. Ogletree is holding it down. Marcia Fudge is trying to make herself relevant. And, she is talking about the President when she is the freakin’ head of CBC. What a travesty.

    • annvic

      Tavis looks mentally-off in some parts of this straight up. Points to Ogletree for keeping it real, and points to Marc Morial for batting down the nonsense while looking El Debarge fresh.

      • goldenstar

        El Debarge fresh. LOL!

  • Aquagranny911

    Dang Peeps! It’s raining here like we might need Noah. We want the rain but not all in one day, my street is flooded. I had to holler at some kiddos who thought to play in it. The current moves swift & it looks about a foot deep. I didn’t want them to get swept away which has happened.

    The storm seems to be moving off a bit now, though.

  • creolechild

    Chart of the Day

    It can hardly be said too often that the George Zimmerman trial, or any
    one trial for that matter, only tells us a tiny bit about what happens
    when one person kills another and how they’re treated by the justice
    system.[....] But what if we broaden our view a bit, and look not just at one case, but at thousands of cases? Does race matter? You may be saying, of course it matters, but let’s look at some data. John Roman of the Urban Institute took data from 53,000 homicides over the last few years gathered by the FBI, and produced this stunning chart:[....]

    Read more: http://prospect.org/article/chart-day-5

    H/T Paul Waldman, John Roman, and Richard Florida

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!