August 20, 2017

Sunday Open Thread: RIP Chuck Berry

Yesterday one of original inventors of rock n roll died: Chuck Berry. He was 90 years old. Charles Edward AndersonChuckBerry  was an American guitarist, singer and songwriter and one of the pioneers of rock and roll music. With songs such as “Maybellene” (1955), “Roll Over Beethoven” (1956), “Rock and Roll Music” (1957) and “Johnny B. Goode” (1958), Berry refined and developed rhythm and blues into the major elements that made rock and roll distinctive. Writing lyrics that focused on teen life and consumerism, and developing a music style that included guitar solos and showmanship, Berry was a major influence on subsequent rock music.

Berry was among the first musicians to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on its opening in 1986; he was cited for having “laid the groundwork for not only a rock and roll sound but a rock and roll stance.” Berry is included in several of Rolling Stone magazine’s “greatest of all time” lists; he was ranked fifth on its 2004 list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll includes three of Berry’s: “Johnny B. Goode”, “Maybellene”, and “Rock and Roll Music”. Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode” is the only rock-and-roll song included on the Voyager Golden Record.

A pioneer of rock and roll, Berry was a significant influence on the development of both the music and the attitude associated with the rock music lifestyle.

Berry refined and developed rhythm and blues into the major elements that made rock and roll distinctive, with lyrics successfully aimed to appeal to the early teenage market by using graphic and humorous descriptions of teen dances, fast cars, high school life, and consumer culture,and utilizing guitar solos and showmanship that would be a major influence on subsequent rock music. His records are a rich storehouse of the essential lyrical, showmanship and musical components of rock and roll. In addition to the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, a large number of significant popular-music performers have recorded Berry’s songs.Though not technically accomplished, his guitar style is distinctive—he incorporated electronic effects to mimic the sound of bottleneck blues guitarists and drew on the influence of guitar players such as Carl Hogan, and T-Bone Walker to produce a clear and exciting sound that many later guitarists would acknowledge as an influence in their own style.Berry’s showmanship has been influential on other rock guitarists, particularly his one-legged hop routine, and the “duck walk”, which he first used as a child when he walked “stooping with full-bended knees, but with my back and head vertical” under a table to retrieve a ball and his family found it entertaining; he used it when “performing in New York for the first time and some journalist branded it the duck walk.”

Berry contributed three things to rock music: an irresistible swagger, a focus on the guitar riff as the primary melodic element and an emphasis on songwriting as storytelling. The rock critic Robert Christgau considers Berry “the greatest of the rock and rollers”, while John Lennon said, “if you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it ‘Chuck Berry’.”

Sit back and enjoy some of Chuck Berry’s most popular hits.

RIP Chuck Berry!!!

This was genius for its time:

  • Miranda
    • WTF????

      People have lost their damn minds!!! Too bad they didn’t take the waiter’s picture and post in on social media.

    • jds09

      This boldness is happening in blue California. The rest of the country must be off the chain.

      • conlakappa

        Is Huntington Beach blue though? I thought it was one of the many red areas in California.

        • nellcote

          yes, orange county

    • Kennymack1971

      I read this and was like wow. These deplorables have lost their damn minds.

    • rikyrah

      Man…..I wish a muthaphucka would

    • Alma98

      I would have have walked out.

      • conlakappa

        They did.

        • Alma98

          LOL sorry left off (too) talking with daughter and son while typing comment lol. Now I’m off to visit mom with her feisty self lol.

  • BoomerGal

    Good Sunday Morning, POU! Louisville vs Michigan today!! GO CARDINALS!!!

    • rikyrah

      Morning BoomerG

      • BoomerGal

        Morning, rikyrah

    • Alma98

      Hey BG

      • BoomerGal

        Hey, Alma

  • Miranda

    One can only hope they all kill each other
    ———————
    Inside Trump’s White House, New York moderates spark infighting and suspicion
    March 18 at 4:28 PM

    Inside the White House, they are dismissed by their rivals as “the Democrats.”

    Outspoken, worldly and polished, this coterie of ascendant Manhattan business figures-turned-presidential advisers is scrambling the still-evolving power centers swirling around President Trump.

    Led by Gary Cohn and Dina Powell — two former Goldman Sachs executives often aligned with Trump’s eldest daughter and his son-in-law — the group and its broad network of allies are the targets of suspicion, loathing and jealousy from their more ideological West Wing colleagues.

    On the other side are the Republican populists driving much of Trump’s nationalist agenda and confrontations, led by chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon, who has grown closer to Chief of Staff Reince Priebus in part to counter the New Yorkers.

    As Trump’s administration enters its third month, the constant jockeying and backbiting among senior staff is further inflaming tensions at a time when the White House is struggling on numerous fronts — from the endangered health-care bill to the controversial budget to the hundreds of top jobs still vacant throughout the government.

    more here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/inside-trumps-white-house-new-york-moderates-spark-infighting-and-suspicion/2017/03/18/51e3c4d2-0b1c-11e7-a15f-a58d4a988474_story.html?utm_term=.547f05f4627d

    • jds09

      “…administration enters its third month….” Feels like forever. This is beyond dog years more like Wooly Manmoth years.

  • Mornin’ POU!

    *sees “My Ding-A-Ling” video*

    *rubs eyes*

    *presses play*

    *goes to pray*

    • BoomerGal

      LOL!!! Morning, Sepia!

    • Alma98

      LOL Morning Sepia, we used to sneak and listen to it when the parents were gone out lol.

    • conlakappa

      Chuck was a freak. That is undisputed, innit?

  • goldenstar

    ‘Biking while black’: Chicago minority areas see the most bike tickets

    As Chicago police ramp up their ticketing of bicyclists, more than twice as many citations are being written in African-American communities than in white or Latino areas, a Tribune review of police statistics has found.

    The top 10 community areas for bike tickets from 2008 to Sept. 22, 2016, include seven that are majority African-American and three that are majority Latino. From the areas with the most tickets written to the least, they are Austin, North Lawndale, Humboldt Park, South Lawndale, Chicago Lawn, West Englewood, Roseland, West Garfield Park, New City and South Chicago.

    Not a single majority-white area ranked in the top 10, despite biking’s popularity in white areas such as West Town and Lincoln Park.

    African-American cyclist Patric McCoy, 70, said he’s experienced the heightened enforcement firsthand.

    McCoy had just left his Kenwood condo on a frigid January evening to go to dinner when he was stopped by two Chicago police officers in an unmarked car. The white officers told McCoy repeatedly that he could be ticketed for riding on the sidewalk and even arrested, and McCoy said he waited in the cold while they ran his driver’s license to check for warrants. Eventually, they let him go without a ticket.

    McCoy, who said he was only on the sidewalk in front of his own building and a neighboring building and already off the bike when he was stopped, supports enforcing the rules but said it cannot be “arbitrary and capricious.”

    “It’s so unfair,” said McCoy, a retired Environmental Protection Agency enforcement official. “It creates a situation where you get a dislike for the police because they’re not doing what they should be doing. They’re messing with you for nothing.”

    Police say the citations are in the interests of public safety. African-American bike advocates say the higher number of tickets in some South and West side areas could be caused in part by the lack of bike infrastructure like protected bike lanes, leading cyclists to take to the sidewalk to avoid traffic on busy streets.

    But some bike advocates and an elected official expressed concern that police may be unfairly targeting cyclists in black communities while going easier on law-breaking cyclists in white areas. Blacks, Latinos and whites each make up about a third of the city’s residents, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

    The differences in enforcement were stark — for example, between Jan. 1 and Sept. 22 of last year, 321 bike tickets were issued in the majority African-American, low-income area of Austin, compared with five in white, wealthy Lincoln Park. Austin, on the West Side, also ranked high for citations issued to motorists parking or standing in bike lanes, with 309 tickets in 2015, compared with 30 in Lincoln Park on the North Side, according to city Department of Finance figures, which keeps parking records.

    Enforcement for bike citations has shot up citywide in recent years — from 468 total tickets in 2010 to 3,301 in 2015, or about seven times higher. In the majority black area of North Lawndale — the increase was 23 times higher, from 8 to 185. The increase comes as the city encouraged biking, by providing more bike lanes and more Divvy rideshare stations, including in lower-income neighborhoods.

    The most common cyclist citation citywide was riding on the sidewalk, which is not permitted for riders 12 and older.

    “I don’t know what possible rational explanation there could be for the police to write more bike infraction tickets in neighborhoods that have less — less money, less businesses, less bicycle infrastructure than in other communities,” said Brendan Kevenides, a lawyer who specializes in bike cases. He referred to the issue as “biking while black.”

    “There is definitely a perception in these neighborhoods that there are better things for the police to be doing,” said Chris Willard, owner of Small Shop Cycles & Service in the South Side’s Bronzeville neighborhood in the Douglas community area.

    Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said police are concerned with the safety of all Chicagoans.

    “Where bicyclist and vehicular safety has been an issue of concern, officers have been working with the community to enforce applicable traffic and safety laws,” Guglielmi said.

    Ald. Chris Taliaferro, 29th, a former police sergeant whose ward includes part of Austin, said he has never gotten a complaint about people bicycling on the sidewalk.

    “I find that to be incredible, to have such a disparity like that,” Taliaferro said. He wondered how many cyclists were stopped but not ticketed in Lincoln Park, compared with those stopped and ticketed in Austin.

    Stops and bike lanes

    A bike ticket is an administrative, not a criminal, violation and carries a fine that generally ranges from $50 to $200, to be determined by an administrative judge, according to Chicago Department of Transportation spokesman Mike Claffey. But it also can offer a reason for a stop, which could allow police to check warrants and possibly lead to an arrest. The Police Department said it did not have records on whether any arrests followed stops for bike citations.

    Dan Black, project coordinator with Slow Roll Chicago, which promotes biking in African-American and Latino communities, said he believes that some bike stops are meant to target something else. “They are stopping this individual in the hope they’ll get something else, a bigger thing,” Black said.

    Juanita Rutues, of the South Austin Coalition Community Council, who like Taliaferro said she has never heard residents complain about cyclists on sidewalks, speculated that police may be targeting drug dealers on bikes.

    It also is possible that since there is a greater police presence in high crime areas, there are more opportunities for police to observe unlawful biking and give out tickets, said James Alan Fox, a criminologist at Northeastern University in Boston.

    Black said the South and West sides of Chicago do not have as robust a biking culture as the North Side, and some education is needed on how to properly use the road. Taliaferro said he plans to distribute bike rules and safety information in his ward.

    “It requires education, it requires partnerships, it requires being there to show people how to use that space,” Black said. He said that on Slow Roll group rides he has spotted cyclists illegally riding against traffic and warned them that they could be stopped.

    “I said, ‘Hey, you know that’s probable cause,’ ” Black recalled saying to one cyclist, who immediately turned his bike around and joined the Slow Roll ride.

    Cycling advocates say one reason more cyclists in minority neighborhoods ride on the sidewalk is because they don’t feel safe.

    “In my area, we have absolutely no bike lanes,” said Deloris Lucas, 61, of the Riverdale neighborhood on the Far South Side. She represents the South Side on the Mayor’s Bicycle Advisory Council, which meets quarterly to discuss a range of bicycle issues. “You take a risk riding anywhere.”

    A Tribune analysis found that protected bike lanes — those set off by barriers or extra road space for greater safety — are missing from many African-American and Latino neighborhoods. Some residents have resisted lanes for fear they will limit parking, cause traffic jams or speed gentrification.

    Peter Taylor said that he and other cycling advocates have been pushing the city to put bike lanes on big arterials like 79th Street as well as Cottage Grove and Stony Island avenues. Two cyclists were killed on Stony Island in 2015.

    “You’d think someplace like Stony Island would be wide enough for people to ride their bikes, but cars go so fast it’s extremely dangerous,” Taylor said.

    He noted that low-income people often bike for economic reasons.

    “They have no better way to get around,” Taylor said. “You can go to any strip mall, and you find two or three bicycles chained up behind every business. For people working minimum wage, that’s how they need to get to work.”

    Todd Rucker, 55, said he bikes daily to his job as a custodian at a day care center in the Far South Side’s Washington Heights area. He mostly bikes on the street but takes the sidewalk along 95th Street during rush hour. He said he would use a bike lane if there was one, but until then, a ticket would not deter him from riding on the sidewalk if he felt it was necessary.

    “I try to be careful,” said Rucker, adding that he stops if he sees pedestrians.

    “I ride on the sidewalk because people will run you over,” said Dennis Williams, 56, of Austin. Austin does have bike paths — along Lake and Madison streets and Washington Boulevard — but when Williams was interviewed he had been riding on the sidewalk along unprotected Chicago Avenue.

    McCoy said he supports ticketing cyclists for sidewalk-riding in areas where there are many pedestrians — he helped develop bike safety pamphlets in the 1980s as a member of the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation, now the Active Transportation Alliance. But he said when he was stopped by police, the sidewalk was empty.

    ‘Broken windows’ and Vision Zero

    The issue of the higher number of bike tickets given in African-American and Latino areas also was noted in New York City by a 2014 City University of New York study and in Tampa by the U.S. Department of Justice, the latter following a 2015 Tampa Bay Times investigation.

    If reckless bike riding endangers pedestrians and creates a climate of fear, it could be seen as a problem falling under the “broken windows” theory of law enforcement, said Northeastern University’s Fox. This theory holds that ramshackle buildings, graffiti and other examples of disorder give the appearance that no one cares, and addressing these issues can help reduce criminal behavior.

    However, the practice of targeting petty offenses has been criticized for leading to some fatal police encounters — such as the 2014 death of a New York man during his arrest on suspicion of selling loose cigarettes.

    In Tampa, the Department of Justice issued a report last year finding that though bike stops were intended to reduce problems in areas with high crime rates, the disproportionate citing of black cyclists was perceived as harassment, even if it wasn’t. The report also found that the stops did not reduce crime.

    The Justice Department issued a report last year calling for reforms in the Chicago Police Department, which among other issues identified the department’s failure to address racially discriminatory conduct by officers.

    How enforcement can improve bike, motorist and pedestrian safety is among the issues that must be addressed in the city’s “Vision Zero” plan, a blueprint for eliminating traffic deaths and serious injuries.

    Vision Zero is an idea that began in Sweden and has been rolled out in other cities. Working with multiple agencies including police, transportation and public health, the city is expected to release its three-year “action plan” by the end of March.

    The city’s transportation department said it plans to target resources in 14 communities disproportionately affected by severe crashes — Austin, Belmont Cragin, West and East Garfield Park, North Lawndale, Humboldt Park, West Town, Near West Side, Near North Side, the Loop, West Englewood, Englewood, Washington Park and Grand Boulevard. These communities represent 20 percent of Chicago’s geographic area and 25 percent of its population, but 36 percent of severe crashes.

    Transportation department deputy commissioner Luann Hamilton has said the city wants to be careful not to create a situation where enforcement is considered “inequitable and punitive” in low-income areas.

    Ahead of the Vision Zero plan, the city said it is increasing enforcement against parking in bike lanes.

    The Active Transportation Alliance, which advocates for cyclists and pedestrians, believes enforcement is an important tool for traffic safety, said campaign director Jim Merrell. But it needs to be employed strategically in areas that see the worst crashes, and not used to harass people, Merrell said.

    “It needs to be data-driven and targeting the kind of behavior that does the most harm,” Merrell said. “(The Tribune’s) findings raise questions as to whether that’s been the case. … It’s a huge equity issue.”

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-chicago-bike-tickets-minorities-0319-20170317-story.html

    • Miranda

      This is disgraceful.

  • BoomerGal

    Good Morning, rikyrah : )

  • jds09

    Good morning POU Fam!

    Thank you for the prayers. Once again He demonstrated that he is able. Got another whip: 2004 Volvo Station Wagon, all-wheel drive, turbo in mint condition for under the Kelley Blue Book price.

    • Miranda

      Congrats!

    • rikyrah

      Morning jds

    • BoomerGal

      Good morning, jds! Congrats!! Volvos are good cars!

    • goldenstar

      Wow! Should make you my car buying rep!

    • Congratulations Jds!

    • Kennymack1971

      Salute!

    • Alma98

      Morning jds! Yay!

  • Miranda

    White folks forever blaming others when they fail at life. This 59 yr old woman wants to blame the immigrants next door for her plight. They’ve been in the country for 20 years…which mean she was 39 when they got here. But they’re the reason you in a low income job in rural Texas living check to check??
    ————————-
    VALLEY VIEW, Tex. — At 4:30 a.m. on a windy Monday, Tamara Estes swallows vitamin B12 for energy and krill oil for her arthritic fingers. Even with her nightly Ambien, she is always up before the sun, getting ready for a job that reminds her of what infuriates her about America.

    She drives a school bus on a route that winds through a North Texas neighborhood filled with undocumented Mexicans. She picks up nearly 100 of their children and drops them off at public schools funded by American taxpayers. By her.

    One immigrant family lives in the house next door, and in the dark hours before dawn, they are also stirring. As the father leaves for his job at a construction site, the mother is scrambling eggs and scooping them into warm tortillas.

    They have been working in America for two decades without legal status, but their four children were born here, so they are U.S. citizens — or, as Estes and President Trump call them, “anchor babies.”

    The eldest, Rainier Corral, 15, emerges from his bedroom carrying a book bag and a trumpet case. He’s a 188-pound rock of a kid who plays lineman on the high school football team, a top-notch student who wants to study mechanical engineering at Texas A&M.

    Rainier’s family has always believed in the promise of America, where they saved enough to buy their own home and their kids go to good schools. But now that Trump is threatening to deport millions — and even change the law that gave their children U.S. citizenship — they are filled with fear.

    Estes, meanwhile, is filled with new hope. For years, she has felt she was living the American Dream in reverse, her life sliding backward, in part, she believes, because illegal immigrants take all the good jobs and drive up her taxes. Now she thinks her life will improve because Trump is promising to “take our country back.”

    This is what divides them at the dawn of the Trump era: for the president to keep his promise to millions of working-class white voters like Estes, he is threatening millions of working-class immigrants like the family next door.

    ‘Anchor babies’
    It’s 20 miles to the school-bus depot and, as Estes drives, she flips on conservative talk radio, where she gets most of her news. She tunes to 660 AM and Mark Davis, a popular Texas talker, who is praising Trump, trashing liberals and making Estes nostalgic for better days.

    “I wish we could go back to a time when we could live, not just exist, when everything wasn’t a struggle,” she says.
    Estes is 59, divorced and earns $24,000 a year. With four days left to payday, she has $118.72 in her checking account.

    She earns a bit too much to qualify for most government assistance but too little to buy health insurance, with its high monthly premiums and impossible deductibles. When she broke her arm last year, she wrapped it in a $15 drugstore brace and popped ibuprofen for a month.

    The way she sees it, life is easier for illegal Mexican immigrants than for taxpaying, working-class white Americans. As her life has gotten harder, she believes the fortunes of “illegals” have been rising, and that she’s paying for it. Little galls her more than “anchor babies,” who are entitled to government benefits, including Medicaid, public schools and food assistance.

    Estes resents paying for their safety net when she feels she has none.
    “I can’t seem to pull my status back up where it was 20 years ago,” she says. “Some of it’s my fault. Some of it’s not.”
    more here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/national/2017/03/18/fear-hope-and-deportations/?utm_term=.51e55aa65038

    • jziglar

      It is your fault. You refuse to do better. You don’t have the skills or education to get a better paying job so instead of trying to improve you sit on your ass and complain about “other” people doing better or getting more.

    • Kennymack1971

      “The way she sees it, life is easier for illegal Mexican immigrants than for taxpaying, working-class white Americans”

      Sorry Bernie but “economic populism” can’t fix this racist stupidity.

  • Miranda
    • rikyrah

      Sociopaths
      The.entire.lot.of.them.

  • jziglar

    RIP Chuck Berry

    • BoomerGal

      Morning, jziglar!

      • jziglar

        Good morning my friend.

    • Admiral_Komack

      Yeah.
      RIP, sir

    • Kennymack1971

      A legend in every sense of the word. RIP Mr. Berry.

  • goldenstar

    You and most other black cyclists! Pisses me off. I was just walking on N. Sheridan Rd in Edgewater and a woman was riding her bike on sidewalk. I told her that bike riding is prohibited and she told me off. That area has been no bikes forever because it was the bastion of elderly residents.

  • Kennymack1971

    Good morning POU Family. Normally I wouldn’t post this but the delusion in this story is just…SMH.

    Again what do they expect us to do? They played with matches even after they were repeatedly warned not to and now they’d like us not to drag their asses for burning the house down? Really?

    https://twitter.com/jbouie/status/843463149701480448

    • Miranda

      “I’m a Jewish libertarian who’s [sic] grandparents were Holocaust survivors. Over the last few years, the mainstream left has resorted to name-calling and character assassination, instead of debate, any time their positions are questioned. This atmosphere became extremely oppressive and threatening to people, like myself, who disagreed with many of Obama’s policies over the past several years. Intelligent debate has become rare.”
      ——————-
      so you decided to vote for actual Nazis instead…ok.
      oh this quote is even better:

      “Brown people are always the out-crowd. I think subconsciously, part of the reason I supported him was a way to be in the in-crowd for once.”

      This person needs to be slapped.

      • GOVCHRIS1988

        Debate. No douche, you don’t want fucking debate. You want your opinions and feelings catered to and me to shut the fuck up. Thats this turds definition of “debate”. He can’t debate against the fact that he voted for a paranoid, lying, bigoted, xenophobic, homophobic, ugly,ignorant, stupid assed, vain, petty assed embarassment to America so he wants to poo poo people that point out he did that and that it defines him. He tries to angle around that, saying he didn’t vote for “THAT” but its true that he did. And then you see the threats they give us. This line of extortion here, “You all can defeat Trump next time, but not if you keep mocking
        us, refusing to listen to us, and cutting us out. It’s
        Republicans, not Democrats, who will take Trump down.”

        Its always been this. You keep telling the truth about me, and I will keep doing dumb shit. Extorting assholes.

        • Miranda

          You ain’t lyin….they have always done that, kids do that shit.

          Do what I want or I’ll hold my breath…go head…hold it.

      • jziglar

        They always say they were silenced during the Obama years which is bullshit. All we heard was their whining, lies, and plenty of racist attacks. You had people who had disagreements with certain things the President did, but they didn’t lie or use racist rhetoric. Many of these people were not straight shooters.

        • Miranda

          In their minds, they were in shackles during the Obama years.

          • conlakappa

            Back of the bus. Hippies being punched. Choked by half a loaf.

          • Kennymack1971

            They were so oppressed because we wouldn’t roll over and accept their bullshit attacks on PBO. So they decided to punish us and support a racist buffoon. And their sad we’re dragging their asses about it.

    • rikyrah

      PHUCK OUTTA HERE

    • Alma98

      This is what I mean by racism will be here forever. Other folks coddling racists, never holding them accountable. It’s why we have drumpf too.

    • 7thangel

      how many different ways can one say ‘fuck off’?

  • jziglar

    Right wingers need to stop obsessing and worrying about Barack Obama’s travels. He can go wherever the hell he wants to go. Now it’s a scandal to travel and meet business leaders. And OMG he is staying in Tahiti and Michelle is not with him. What is going on??? These morons need to get a hobby. Worry about the Trump family and less about the Obamas.

    • goldenstar

      You raise the very raison d’être for the RW! They worry about the Other(s) because the Other is the reason why they are: failing; not successful; experiencing challenges; facing problems; not living lifestyle as expected; and so much more.

      • jziglar

        Right. It burns them up to see “others” doing better than them. So seeing the Obamas making a lot of money, traveling around and being greeted by large crowds and cheers pisses them off.

    • Kennymack1971

      Dolt 45 has gone on 11 golf outings since becoming President on the taxpayer dime.The taxpayers are also shelling out bread for Melania not to live in the WH. Go bean count and nitpick that shit. The Obamas are free to do as they wish and go where they wish. But as usual White folks just GOTTA be White.

      • jds09

        Shortly, if not already, white liberals are gonna start whining that PBO should be home “taking care of us>”

        • conlakappa

          They already were after Travel Ban (beta testing).

      • rikyrah

        They just mad because with every picture, 44 looks like he’s de-aging.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good Morntin’ Kennymack1971.- — :>) **BIG HUG** :>)

        All Kindsa- -*Co-Signs** :>)- –BOTTOM LINE: — –But as usual White folks just GOTTA be White.

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        B BLESSED♥- –Slayin’ tweets- — – YES> :>)

    • rikyrah

      Worry about 100 agents being sent with Dolt45’s spawn in their vacation.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good Morntin’ jgiglar. :>) **BIG HUG**- – –ALL Kindsa POINTS!— :>)

      THIS:- –These morons need to get a hobby.— -Annnd STOP Makin’ OUR Beloved PRESIDENT!- — their “Hobby”!!

      — -“IT”— is WASTIN’ Their MONEY- –DAILY!!- -Annnd **crickets**.- —STILL Bein’- – -USED annnd PLAYED!!

      – — ☺PER THIS:- -https://68.media.tumblr.com/f7ca097736e85da8019fd45f52e7d7cd/tumblr_olj7doE3SK1vo5078o1_500.jpg
      HMPH!– – —

      B BLESSED♥ :>)

  • Miranda
    • Alma98

      LOL

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good Sunday MornTin’ miranda♥– – :>) **BIG HUG** :>)

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      – – –WAYTA- –Gooo- — RESISTANTS!!♥ LOL

      — -B BLESSED♥ :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

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    Good Sunday Morntin’ alma98. :>) **BIG HUG** :>)

    YES: INNOVATOR.♥ :>)– –

    How R U♥/Sinuses?– -:>)
    B BLESSED- -U♥/Mom♥/Family♥/DAUGHTER♥- – -:>)

    • Alma98

      Morning GLH, sinuses still a lil so-so but I’ll make it lol.
      Mom is good she didn’t go to the store with me she had other plans lol. Blessings to you and yours (((HUGS)))

      • GreenLadyHere

        Alma- – -Good ! — -Continue 2 take it slow. :>)—MOM♥– is sooo FUN. :>) –She jus’ does HER♥—:>)–**HUGS** :>)- – –

        Thank U 4 your KIND BLESSINGS♥ [needed]- –[OH— -Yes I’ll B BLESSED with a birthday on Tuesday. :>)] :>)

  • Miranda

    Oh so Brewer says the rethug plan “weighs heavy on my heart”…fuck you ya crackly witch!
    ————————–
    APNewsbreak: Analysis: 380,000 Arizonans may lose Medicaid
    March 18, 2016

    Arizona is likely to see more than 380,000 people lose their Medicaid insurance coverage and $2.5 billion in lower health care spending under the plan currently being pushed through Congress to replace former President Barack Obama’s health care law, according to a new state report.

    The analysis by the state’s Medicaid plan obtained by The Associated Press Friday shows keeping most of those people insured would cost the state nearly $500 million a year by 2023. In a Republican-led state where tax increases are nearly impossible to enact, that’s extremely unlikely.
    […]
    Brewer said in an interview earlier this week that “it weighs heavy on my heart” when she thinks of the current Republican plan to repeal and replace Obama’s law.

    “It just really affects our most vulnerable, our elderly, our disabled, our childless adults, our chronically mentally ill, our drug addicted,” she said of the potential elimination of coverage for the expansion population. “It will simply devastate their lives and the lives that surround them. Because they’re dealing with an issue which is very expensive to take care of as a family with no money.”

    Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/news/business/national-business/article139276663.html#storylink=cpy

  • rikyrah

    The ZEGK this morning

    https://youtu.be/1oPif5a7JOQ

  • Kennymack1971

    Truth from the TL. The deplorables think they’re hurting us but eventually…The joke’s ultimately on them.
    https://twitter.com/num1_fan/status/843483614360866816

  • GreenLadyHere

    – —Good MornTin’ PBOMB♥/POU FAM♥–:>) **BIG HUG**- –Joinin U♥/ALL♥- – -In ALL- – -MEMORIAL- -TRIBUTES- -2– -OUR Beloved– “MR. ROCK ‘n’ ROLL”♥–Thank U PBOMB♥

    – — -☺https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCTeXUkTFwQ

    [Annnd –He Brought Us- – the FUN Christmas Songs. – – -“TIZ The SEASON”♥- – -THANK U♥] :>)

    – — ENJOY♥- – -http://blog.hucksdining.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Big-breakfast.jpg

    B BLESSED♥—SAFE♥—WARM♥- -PRAYERFUL♥—RESISTANT♥ :>)

    • rikyrah

      Morning GLH

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good Morntin’ rikyrah. :>)- – **BIG HUG**- -B BLESSED♥ :>)

  • Kennymack1971
    • rikyrah

      Call them out!

    • GreenLadyHere

      Kennymack1971:– – Yaaaas!- — GIT!- — GIT!- -GIT!– ‘Em!!

      Brang the FACTS!!- – -SHAME the DEVILS!!

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥– – YES.- – -Appreciatin’ Ms. Joy Ann’s- -PERSISTENT– RESISTANCE♥- –Against –“IT” – -:>)

    – – -☺https://twitter.com/amjoyshow/status/843490645897490433

    GIT!- — GIT!– -GIT!– -Him.— -HAH!- —Ooohh We’re—OUT of TIME!!– — LOL

  • goldenstar

    Miranda, check out the info on slavery and fashion…..

    THE IMPRESSIVE PROFILE OF FRENCH FILM STORYBOARD ARTIST AND PAINTER ELIZABETH COLOMBA

    I’m not sure how many of you are aware of film storyboard artist Elizabeth Colomba; I sure wasn’t, and in case you weren’t either, I wanted to profile and share some of her fascinating work.

    What’s worth noting is that Colomba has done extensive storyboard and visual consulting work for many films including “Romeo and Juliet,” “Beloved,” “Slums of Beverly Hill,” “Waist Deep,” “Next Friday,” “The Wood,” “A Single Man,” “Catwoman,” “Amelia” and more.

    For those of you not familiar with what a storyboard artist does, Colomba is hired by film production companies as a professional illustrator; she creates comic-book like drawings or sketches, which filmmakers use in order to help visualize the story’s narration.

    Although she may be hired to sketch individual or particular scenes in films, according to a 1998 interview by tipjar.com, her work for a film like Rick Famuyiwa’s “The Wood” for example, demanded her to draw almost every frame, which would be quite a feat.

    Colomba said, “My partner Kasia Adamik and I had to storyboard the whole movie. They had the money for a month, so we did everything we could. We didn’t finish it, but there was a lot of work. There were action scenes. Even simple scenes were drawn. You could read the whole story from the storyboards.”

    Quick Bio…

    Colomba is of Caribbean heritage (Martinique); she was born in Epinay Sur Seine, a suburb in Paris. Her passion for painting started at the age of six. She achieved a first class high honors degree upon graduating from college in Paris. She obtained work in the late nineties at an advertising company. However, she was disappointed with the lack of creativity and control over her work, so she moved to L.A. to pursue a career in painting and storyboarding.

    Colomba credits work by masters like Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, Edgar Degas, Johannes Vermeer and Diego Velazquez as inspiration and influence over her works.

    We rarely celebrate the necessary work of those *unknowns* behind the camera, especially Black artists (the actors and directors typically get most of the attention), and we will do more of that.

    I love her Victorian-age paintings (see below) and the artists whose works she has been influenced by. I’ve always wished I had the talent for painting like this. Oh well…

    These days, Colomba is less focused on her work as a storyboard artist, spending more of her time on her painting. In fact, most recently, she participated in a conference (on March 4, 2017) that explored intersections of slavery and fashion with presentations from scholars, artists and designers. It took place at Weeksville Heritage Center in Brooklyn, NY. She continues to showcase her work around the world.

    Visit her official site at elizabeth-colomba.com to see some more of her work and to read their very interesting back stories.

    Check out some of her paintings below.
    http://shadowandact.com/2017/03/17/the-impressive-profile-of-french-film-storyboard-artist-and-painter-elizabeth-colomba/

    • Miranda

      Wow…so interesting!! Thanks!

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥- – –Ms. Joy Ann- –Brangs the RESISTANT♥- – -Guests♥ –:>)

    – — ☺https://twitter.com/amjoyshow/status/843483777791746048

    STAY STRONG! :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥- –YES>- —Rep Adam Schiff♥- — Stays On “IT”!!..>

    —☻https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/843492478208696320

    — -CALL “IT”/’Em- – -OUT!!–

    • aleth

      so basicallly not enough whatever comey. Looks like dolt45 is skating away

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good Morntin” aleth. :>)- – -**BIG HUG** :>)–
        — -**Co-Sign**—KARMA- – -Needsta TAKE ’em ALL AWAY. :>)

        Have a BLESSED Day♥ :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥— -YES. – — From Rep. Nancy “Smash”—– WORD!– — —Speaker Ryan keeps saying the ACA is collapsing. Frankly, the only thing I see collapsing is any hope the public will support #TrumpCare. — [#TruMpFDon’tCurr]

    — —Republicans’ #TrumpCare bill is truly terrible. There is no world in which kicking 24 million off health coverage is an “act of mercy.”

    Let’s just grow up. President Trump cannot be allowed to feel as if he can simply say whatever he wants, despite a lack of evidence.

    WAYTA- -Gooo. . . :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥— Aww–A SMILE– Left 2 Us– -From– -OUR Beloved–“Mr. ROCK ‘n’ ROLL♥”. .

    — -☺https://twitter.com/ABC/status/843467850773921794

    RIHEP♥– -With GRATITUDE♥– – -:>)

  • Miranda
    • Kennymack1971

      See stories like these will be enough to convince the deplorables that Dolt 45 is doing the right thing. Can’t be having the coloreds eating and getting an education on the taxpayer dime.

    • By ending these programs, I believe 45 and his crew (especially Bannon) are trying to kill off those they don’t consider to be members of “The Master Race”. Think about it: Those who benefit from these programs the most are POC, the poor and sick — the same people Hitler wanted to get rid of.

      • aleth

        i agree. it is their final solution and chaos theory

      • jziglar

        Actually white people benefit more from these programs. So they will end up killing a lot of white people.

        • True but they’re the type of white people who 45 and nemesis despise: poor, old, sick, weak….not “Master Race” material.

          • BoomerGal

            Exactly!

          • jziglar

            True. I was thinking the same thing.

      • rikyrah

        Uh huh

    • trose1

      Trump told Tucker Carlson he KNOWS his cuts will hurt his supporters. I am not sure why people don’t get it.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥- – –“IT” LIES!- – -LIES!- — LIES!- –4-EVA!!

    – – -☺https://twitter.com/TomthunkitsMind/status/843501664971776000

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥- – —A BLACK♥— HISTORICAL – –MOMENT!- — An —HONOR♥—:>)

    – –☺https://twitter.com/FredDouglassNPS/status/843491349571821568

    —-#OTD March 19, 1877: Frederick Douglass takes office as US Marshall, highest office in the land held by an African American at the time.

    — —COMMEMORATING- –With PROFOUND—PRIDE♥

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥- –HAH!- — Germany- – -“CLAPS- -BACK”!– – -:>)

    — -☺Germany rejects Trump claim that it owes “vast sums of money” to NATO http://hill.cm/XDOnvul

    — – –☻She’s #1. . . :>)- — https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/4e/ea/36/4eea36107b5abe9a6f6c2c5883566d31.jpg

  • Miranda

    Oh so it disproportionately affects poor old white people in the confederate states…something must be done! We can’t have this!
    ———————
    Sen. Collins: “We have to do something about the fact that the House bill disproportionately affects older, rural Americans.” #MTP
    https://twitter.com/dncpress/status/843480827828887552

    • trose1

      It is all about white people.

      • BoomerGal

        There it is. EVERY damn thing HAS GOT TO REVOLE AROUND THEM!!!

    • Kennymack1971

      “Older, rural Americans”= White people…

      We see you Senator Collins.

      • rikyrah

        That’s her entire state. Glad she knows

    • Alma98

      Despite knowing that they’re the ones on these programs they’ve bought into the lie that poc are taking it all. The media is partly responsible because they have spread these lies forever.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥— **GENTLE Sigh**— A TRIBUTE– -From OUR Beloved PRESIDENT♥.[H/T POU♥]

    — – -☺Barack Obama‏

    Chuck Berry rolled over everyone who came before him – and turned up everyone who came after. We’ll miss you, Chuck. Be good.— :>)

    — – -Soo– – -WELL—DESERVED♥– -:>)

    — –Gotta “bounce”– -C Ya Soon♥. .

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ – —Some— POLL —Positivity.- — BUT- –GOTV!!

    — – -☺https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/843446963194351618
    – —Americans oppose the GOP health bill by a 21-point margin ―45% to 24%―according to a new HuffPo/YouGov poll http://huff.to/2mDYkeX

    • rikyrah

      Lower than the crazy 27%!

  • JBL20010

    RIP to the father of rock n roll.

    Respect.

  • nellcote
    • jds09

      A thing of beauty…..sniff….sniff. I hate Issa.

    • goldenstar

      Grand Theft Auto is in twubble.

    • Miranda

      YYYASSSSS!

    • rikyrah

      YES

    • nellcote

      he seems like a guy you can actually support not just because he’s not Issa:

      “For the last two decades, I’ve been involved in a variety of local, state and federal political campaigns and community organizations. Now, I want to be your champion in Washington.

      I was raised in South Orange County and attended public schools. I graduated from Stanford University, where I was honored to serve as student body president, and am a proud alum of Duke Law School and the Coro Fellows Program. After law school, I served as Executive Director of the Democratic Party of Orange County, and then worked as an attorney focused on environmental and energy regulatory compliance and government affairs.

      I’m a passionate believer in clean energy and have over a decade of experience in the industry, helping to accelerate the transition towards more sustainable power generation and transportation options. I sit on the board of the Center for Sustainable Energy, based in San Diego, and co-founded Sustain OC in Orange County. For my work in clean energy, I was named to the OC METRO 40 under 40.”

  • Miranda

    We lost a war: Russia’s interference in our election was much more than simple mischief-making
    Sunday, March 19, 2017, 7:00 AM

    We no longer need to wonder what it would be like to lose a war on our own territory. We just lost one to Russia, and the consequence was the election of Donald Trump. The war followed the new rules of the 21st century, but its goal was the usual one of political change.
    […]
    But what if the enemy’s will can be altered without the blood and treasure of military engagement? If that were true, then a country with a smaller military budget, like Russia, might beat one with a better army, like America.

    That just happened, and we are still wiping our eyes in foggy denial.

    The only answer to Russia anxiety: A blue-ribbon commission
    In 2011, a Russian information war manual concluded that operations in what Russians like to call the “psychosphere” were more important than conventional military engagements. The chief of staff of the Russian armed forces concurred in 2013. The basic aim of war, he averred, was to get inside the national mind of the enemy, reconfiguring habits of mind and frames of discourse so that Americans would do what the Russian leadership wanted.

    After the Russian invasion of Ukraine in 2014, the main enemy was the United States.

    The information manual very well describes the experience of being an American citizen in 2016: “the population doesn’t even feel it is being acted upon. So the state doesn’t switch on its self-defense mechanisms.” Even though many American citizens had a vague sense that something was uncanny about the presidential campaign, and those who read the newspaper knew that Russia was interfering, few realized the scale of the operation or its significance.

    In a close election where a few thousand ballots across a few states brought victory to a man who lost the popular tally by almost 3 million votes, the hacks of the Democratic National Committee and the associated WikiLeaks email bombs were easily enough to make the difference.

    Still more important was the unexpected advantage Trump displayed over Hillary Clinton in social media. The Trump staff did not exhibit much technical expertise. And yet, somehow, the generators and distributors of fake news were, as if magically, on his side. The Clinton “ground game” was crushed by the Trump meme game. The bots worked 24/7 for Trump.
    […]
    From day to day, the Russian media generate an alternative reality. Anyone who pays attention to the President, Kellyanne Conway, or Sean Spicer could hardly fail to notice the resemblances. The Russian leadership manages real and fake terror attacks by Muslims to mobilize public opinion. Think of the Muslim ban and the invocation of fictional terror attacks in Kentucky and Sweden.

    more here: http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/lost-war-russia-article-1.3001640

    • rikyrah

      Uh uh uh

  • Miranda

    Aaaaaannnnnd another idiot…..SMDH

    https://twitter.com/ddale8/status/843482284703563779

    • GOVCHRIS1988

      I’m sorry, but I don’t wanna understand these dumbasses.

    • Kennymack1971

      I’ll just continue to wait for Mayo Nation to get real about what’s really at the core of all this.

      It’s not economic anxiety.

      It’s not Democrats “ignoring” or “forgetting” them.

      They’ve determined that if they can’t have government benefits all to themselves while denying them to “those people” they’ll just tear the whole thing down.

      They can keep trying to make us understand them but that’s the point they don’t get: We do understand them perfectly. We see right through their asses and always have.

      • rikyrah

        Went to a family brunch today, and a cousin and I discussed this completely.

        • Kennymack1971

          At work someone had CNN on in the break room and the collective disgust I saw on Black people’s faces told me all I needed to know.

          The vast majority of Black folks got it. We knew what was up.

          We didn’t break this.

  • Miranda

    *wistfully sings*
    Mem’ries light the corners of my mind
    Misty water-colored mem’ries of the way we were
    Scattered pictures of the smiles we left behind
    Smiles we gave to one another for the way we were
    Can it be that it was all so simple then
    Or has time rewritten every line
    If we had the chance to do it all again, tell me, would we, could we
    Mem’ries

    https://twitter.com/Matt4CT/status/843311109285330947

    • conlakappa

      Including the Russian president in the front there. Is that photo what made Vlad take the power back, me wonders.

  • nellcote
    • Miranda

      It pains me to think of all that will happen if the CFPB is demolished. Predatory lending will comeback tenfold.

    • Alma98

      Sessions is a piece of shit! And to all the Negroes that ran to defend him, I wish you nothing but misery.

    • conlakappa

      Yeah, knew it was coming.

  • lamh

    Good afternoon peeps!

    Hope everyone is having a good Sunday. Weather is pretty nice today in NOLA…not too hot and not kinda chilly like it’s been for a few days.

    anyhoo wanted to share this before i go bout doing some cooking today.

    Now see this I might be interested in, and i say that as a hardcore Keanu fan!

    https://twitter.com/shadowandact/status/843505702513664000

  • aleth
  • aleth

    Nune should not in charge of anything, he was on cheeto’s transition. Looks like we were right, all of them are going to skate with a low level employee – Kushner taking the fall. Comey is shit

    https://twitter.com/tommyxtopher/status/843463124560896001?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

  • aleth
    • Miranda

      He tries to play both sides of the fence when he knows he is squarely on the side of the foolish right wing fringe.

    • nellcote

      transcripts weren’t leaked. just the acknowledgement that there is one.

  • Kennymack1971

    I said it below and I’ll repeat it: Mayo Nation needs to get real.

    Stop trying to rationalize and whitesplain away how we got Dolt 45.

    Stop trying to get the rest of us to feel sorry for you, to empathize with you or cut any slack.

    You weren’t duped, you weren’t misled, this is what you wanted at least it was when you thought it was just going to be the coloreds and other undesirables you look down that were going to be affected.

    But now you discover that Dolt 45 will be throwing your broke white ass under the bus too now you don’t want us cursing you out and calling you names for making this possible. Oh well…suck it up because you will be getting dragged and you’ve earned all of it.

    As always fuck you Mayo Nation.

    • aleth

      I am so bitter about everything that I now know how our ancestors must have felt.

      All their rules is bullshit. BS application of law or constitutional interpretation. There is no reason that cow is still in power other than color for protection. Anybody else the press will be calling for impeach instead they got to do fluff pieces to justify the voters, the bad proposed legislation and the horrible klan administration.

      They just don’t see the others and so damn selfish and fucking mean spirited human beings.

      I am so disgusted. They will even sell their country out just for an oppourtunity to screw people especially POC. If there is a God none of these people should exist.

      I second and third the sentiment fuck mayo nation left and right. It is not academic exercise this is real life with consequences. Watching clips of these 2520 men BSing and justify nonsense is irritating. To be so below mediocre and still given a voice to speak as if you have an ouce of intellect.

      At least the rest of the world know its a house of card.

    • rikyrah

      Amen

    • GreenLadyHere

      Kennymack1971– -THIS- – –Stop trying to rationalize and whitesplain away how we got Dolt 45.

      ‘CAUSE– –It ONLY sounds like “Normalization”- -Annd THERE is NUTHIN’ NORMAL ’bout- –“IT”!!

  • nellcote
  • Admiral_Komack

    German Defense Ministry contradicts Trump, says it doesn’t owe U.S. money for NATO

    President Trump’s Saturday tweet accusing Germany of owing the United States “vast sums of money” for NATO might have been an attempt to put pressure on the European ally. But Berlin has rejected his claim while also questioning his understanding of NATO finances.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2017/03/19/german-defense-ministry-contradicts-trump-says-it-doesnt-owe-u-s-money-for-nato/?utm_term=.7c4968bd9d32

    • BoomerGal

      I knew it as a lie when he said it.

    • Kennymack1971

      “Dolt 45 you is a lie and your breath stank”

      At least that’s how I read it.

    • Miranda

      He’s an idiot and Berlin politely called him on it.

  • nellcote
  • nellcote
  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up

  • nellcote

    so don’t allow the press then put out a bullshit press release…they forgot to mention he played golf for 4 hours too…
    https://twitter.com/IsaacDovere/status/843303515137212416