December 21, 2014

Sunday Open Thread: Songs of The Underground Railroad

Good Morning POU!

Today’s open thread is dedicated to the spirituals sung by slaves as a code to direct the passengers of The Underground Railroad.

Perhaps the best known use of spirituals in the service of freedom during the slave period was the imbedding of “hidden” or coded messages in song lyrics for the purpose of clandestine (secret) communication on the Underground Railroad. One of the first public revelations by a former slave of this practice of secret communication through spirituals is found in the autobiographical writings of the noted Black abolitionist Frederick Douglass, in which Douglass revealed to his readers that some songs interpreted by outsiders as referring to life after death in Heaven, were actually understood within the enslaved African community as signifying a determination to reach freedom in the North, outside the reach and power of Southern plantation owners.

Steal Away – Mahalia Jackson & Nat King Cole

Two common types of coded spirituals were signal songs and map songs. In a signal song, a singer or group of singers communicated in code that a certain event – such as a planned escape from a plantation – was imminent. In a map song, the lyrics actually contained elements of a map that directed people to significant points of escape along the routes of the Underground Railroad. The most famous map song was “Follow the Drinking Gourd,” which used the metaphor of a drinking gourd to symbolize the constellation of stars known as the Big Dipper, containing the North Star, an important compass guide for individuals and families who needed to be certain that they were continuing to travel in the direction of north as they made their way to freedom.

Eric Bibb – Follow the Drinking Gourd

It is very likely that both signal songs and map songs were utilized in combination with any number of other clandestine communication tools, including the extensive use of symbols sewn onto quilts that assisted prospective “passengers” on the Underground Railroad in rehearsing the specific places that would need to be reached for a successful trip to safety in the North or Canada.

Wade In The Water – Mary Mary

Since the struggle for freedom was such a salient part of daily life experience of enslaved people, it was critical for them to have a safe means of communication with each other, and their songs were an essential tool in this effort.

Swing Low, Sweet Chariot – Etta James

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  • Miranda

    First lady gets a few extra days of Hawaiian sun
    Posted: Jan 05, 2014 2:09 AM EST

    HONOLULU (AP) – First lady Michelle Obama is getting a few extra days of Hawaiian sun.

    While President Barack Obama is departing Hawaii late Saturday, Mrs. Obama is staying behind to spend time with friends ahead of her upcoming 50th birthday party. The White House says the extra time in the islands is part of Mrs. Obama’s birthday gift from the president.

    The first lady turns 50 on Jan. 17. The White House did not say when she planned to return to Washington.

    The Obamas’ daughters, Malia and Sasha, are returning to the White House with their father. They’re scheduled to arrive in Washington Sunday morning after a two week vacation.

    http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/24366211/first-lady-gets-a-few-extra-days-of-hawaiian-sun

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

      And the “They having problems” narrative from the Bittet Bitch Brigade starts in 5….4….3…2…

      • jds09

        There’s soooo many ways they can go with this. The Feminine Mystique is being lovingly caressed as I write this…

        • Admiral_Komack

          You know, that almost sounds…dirty (high stepping into the Bad Lounge).

      • conlakappa

        Proof, proof I tells ya that it’s over!!! The Enquirer headline last week was that the marriage has exploded!!!

    • rikyrah

      POTUS to FLOTUS: No, Boo. You stay here and do you for a few days…Mama Robinson and I have got the girls….Happy Birthday!!!

      • isonprize

        Yup, ’cause the girls need to go back to school. Mama Robinson GOT this. You just relax and get your chill on.

  • Miranda

    First lady gets a few extra days of Hawaiian sun
    Posted: Jan 05, 2014 2:09 AM EST

    HONOLULU (AP) – First lady Michelle Obama is getting a few extra days of Hawaiian sun.

    While President Barack Obama is departing Hawaii late Saturday, Mrs. Obama is staying behind to spend time with friends ahead of her upcoming 50th birthday party. The White House says the extra time in the islands is part of Mrs. Obama’s birthday gift from the president.

    The first lady turns 50 on Jan. 17. The White House did not say when she planned to return to Washington.

    The Obamas’ daughters, Malia and Sasha, are returning to the White House with their father. They’re scheduled to arrive in Washington Sunday morning after a two week vacation.

    http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/24366211/first-lady-gets-a-few-extra-days-of-hawaiian-sun

  • Miranda

    Susan G. Komen sees big drop in contributions after dispute
    Contributions dropped from about $164 million to $128 million in one year.
    By ASSOCIATED PRESS | 1/4/14 7:32 AM EST

    DALLAS — Susan G. Komen for the Cure saw a 22 percent drop in contributions in the year following the controversy over its decision, quickly reversed, to stop giving grants to Planned Parenthood for breast cancer screenings.

    Citing audited financial statements posted on its website this week, a spokeswoman for the Dallas-based breast cancer charity said contributions — including donations and corporate sponsorships — dropped from about $164 million from the fiscal year ending in March 2012 to $128 million in the year ending March 2013.

    After news of the plan to quit offering grants to Planned Parenthood broke in January 2012, several executives left the organization and fewer people took part in its fundraising Races for the Cure across the country. The organization announced last summer that it would cancel half of its three-day charity walks for this year because of a drop in participation.

    The statements also showed that revenue from Race for the Cure and three-day events had a 19 percent drop for the same fiscal period, falling from about $258 million to $208 million. Total revenue, which included the race fees, contributions, other fundraising and interest, dropped 18 percent in that time period, from $399 million to $325 million.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/01/susan-g-komen-contributions-after-dispute-101743.html#ixzz2pX3M6A7J

    • goldenstar

      Founder/CEO Brinker is a major Republican donor and she made a conscious decision to demonstrate a conservative Republican health agenda. This foundation saw fit to play politics above health care for all and they got their due.

      • conlakappa

        She has very much gotten by on people’s assumptions that cause=progressive. Whatever her initial intentions, she created an industry. There was a recent documentary out about that model. She has been wounded by being revealed for her true self so now focused on a new cause. She has a gay son and I think it is related to his interests.

        • goldenstar

          Imma ready.

  • Miranda

    Susan G. Komen sees big drop in contributions after dispute
    Contributions dropped from about $164 million to $128 million in one year.
    By ASSOCIATED PRESS | 1/4/14 7:32 AM EST

    DALLAS — Susan G. Komen for the Cure saw a 22 percent drop in contributions in the year following the controversy over its decision, quickly reversed, to stop giving grants to Planned Parenthood for breast cancer screenings.

    Citing audited financial statements posted on its website this week, a spokeswoman for the Dallas-based breast cancer charity said contributions — including donations and corporate sponsorships — dropped from about $164 million from the fiscal year ending in March 2012 to $128 million in the year ending March 2013.

    After news of the plan to quit offering grants to Planned Parenthood broke in January 2012, several executives left the organization and fewer people took part in its fundraising Races for the Cure across the country. The organization announced last summer that it would cancel half of its three-day charity walks for this year because of a drop in participation.

    The statements also showed that revenue from Race for the Cure and three-day events had a 19 percent drop for the same fiscal period, falling from about $258 million to $208 million. Total revenue, which included the race fees, contributions, other fundraising and interest, dropped 18 percent in that time period, from $399 million to $325 million.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/01/susan-g-komen-contributions-after-dispute-101743.html#ixzz2pX3M6A7J

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning Everyone

    • jds09

      Good Morning rikyrah and everybody else!

    • jds09

      Good Morning rikyrah and everybody else!

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

      Mornin’!

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning Everyone

  • rikyrah

    Porsha is asking:
    Where is their luggage for the train trip
    [snark]

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

      *snicker*

  • GreenLadyHere

    GOOD SUNDAY MORNTIN’ Miranda♥/POU FAM♥ :>) ***BIG HUG*** –BECAUSE of the INSPIRATION of THESE SONGS WE CAN NOW SING THEM IN A NEW LIGHT. :>) Sooo RISE — SHINE annnd GiVE GOD the GLORY FOR HIS DELIVERANCE. :>) -HIS GOODNESS IS EVERLASTING. :>) AMEN♥
    Miranda♥ – – -Thank U 4 this HISTORICAL INSPIRATION. :>)
    – —–☻The UNIQUENESS of the “CODING” – –
    — – – – – – – -☺ Two common types of coded spirituals were signal songs and map songs.– –
    — – – – – — – -☺including the extensive use of symbols sewn onto quilts that assisted prospective “passengers” on the Underground Railroad in rehearsing the specific places that would need to be reached for a successful trip to safety
    – — -YET – – -WE we considered –“UN-Educated” annnd “UN-Educatable”. HAH! – – – -:>)
    – — –☻ENJOY YOUR BREAKFAST/BRUNCH :>) —B BLESSED♥

    — -In The NEWS: – – -☺http://www.kitv.com/image/view/-/23779054/medRes/2/-/h/300/maxh/300/maxw/400/w/400/-/tkw3yvz/-/img-President-Obama-leaves-Hawaii-and-returns-to-a-chilly-Washington-D-C.jpg – – –HERE COMES —MR. PRESIDENT♥ – -Woo! Hoo! :>)

    – – — -☻Saaaang —YOUNG People: – -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-CKQP2OOEv4 THEY R BLESSED♥ –:>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥ — – REALLY?? – – – -Yesterday —Clay Aiken –NOW – – –
    — -Steven Seagal Eyes Run for Ariz. Governor
    — — He wouldn’t be the first actor to trade the silver screen for the governor’s mansion: Steven Seagal is making noises to KNXV-TV about running for Jan Brewer’s job in Arizona. In conversations with BFF Joe Arpaio, with whom he teamed for reality show Steven Seagal—Lawman: Maricopa County, he says they talked about it as “kind of a joke, but I suppose I would remotely consider it.” The action star is decidedly not joking about border security, calling it the No. 1 problem facing the nation: “Reagan once said if you don’t have security on your borders, you don’t have a country.”

    – – —☺http://stream1.gifsoup.com/view4/1535888/oh-no-they-didn-t-o.gif ON –NO U –AIN’T!! geesh!!
    – – – — –[Ova 2 U Aquagranny911. :>)]

    • conlakappa

      I don’t doubt the AquaG will have colorful words about this.

    • Miranda

      This fool??? Again???

  • jds09

    Okay POU Fam, I’m enjoying my last cup of coffee for the immediate future.

    Tomorrow I start a three day cleansing diet and then four weeks of healthy (no processed anything) eating. I will try and behave myself by keeping my crankiness to a minimum and putting myself in the bad lounge when warranted.

    Thanking you in advance for your patience and understanding.

    • GreenLadyHere

      GOOD MORNTIN’ jds09. **BIG HUG*** :>)
      — -CONGRATULATIONS on your—NEW YEAR –RESOLUTE actions. – –:>)
      Best Wishes on your –“cleansing/healthy diet.” :>)
      — – —☺http://i717.photobucket.com/albums/ww173/prestonjjrtr/Smileys/SmileyYouGoGirlCutie.gif – –PROUD of U.♥ :>)

      Good 2 C U. :>) Have a good day jds09 :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥ — -THIS PHOOL —is an INTERNATIONAL – –EMBARRASSMENT!! – –HONORIN’ — a MURDERER!! – –geesh!!
    —-☺http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2533985/Dennis-Rodman-names-team-NBA-All-Stars-play-North-Korea-Kim-Jong-Uns-birthday.html#

    – — He NEEDSTA B – –SHUT DOWN!!

    These COMMENTS: — — — -TRUTH!!
    – – – -☺Lou Cherney,
    after readin how he killed his uncle and other family members. If you still decide to go there just stay there your no better then[than] him.
    — -☺Rick Jamey,
    Imagine if Jong-Un ordered them to be executed
    – – – -☺Margaret,
    Kim Jong Un is a crazy and dangerous “leader” who should not have his out-of-control ego fed by the former NBA players.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥ – – — -YEAH —-Suuuuure – — – -☺http://cdn.madamenoire.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/12-Kandi-Eye-Roll.gif

    – – -Romney Accepts MSNBC Apology For Segment On Grandson Kieran —-

    – – – -IMHO: – —HE SHOULD APOLOGIZE 2 that “child” 4 doin’ THIS!

    – –☺BoscoBrown
    For those of you that didn’t know what Kieran means, read on.

    Origin and Meaning of the Name Kieran
    Meaning:Little dark one

    Origin:Gaelic
    Meaning:Little dark one
    Origin:English
    Gender:Boy
    Pronunciation:(KEER ahn)
    Form of:Ciarán
    – – – —-***Pattin’ my foot —arms folded – – – -WAITIN’ . .***

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

      Mornin’ GLH!

      You should see these kneegrows on their, “Oh thank ye Massa Romney fo’ showing mercy on Melissa po’ soul”

      @AntheaButler: Thank you @MittRomney for dealing with this whole dustup in a classy way, despite unclassy questions poised to you.

      @marclamonthill: Good answer, Mitt Romney. Thank you for not piling on. #salute

      • GOVCHRIS1988

        Simple Niggas. Just fuckin simple.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MornTin’ Sepia♥ :>) ***BIG HUG*** :>)
        – – –☺http://i.dlisted.com/files/images/tumblr_m40ore1A9k1qaesd9.gif – — – –geesh!

        – -THESE R the KIND that Ms. HARRIET TUBMAN — – -SHOULDA – – -“LEFT BEHIND”.!!! —-geesh!

        – —I liked THIS comment: –
        -LMaskell: – — Still waiting for him to apologize for his denegration of the 47%. Oh, that’s right. That is not what he meant.
        He was speaking honestly and openly amongst his wealthy friends and got caught. I also heard he promised them a ride on his car elevator.

        – — – -Let’s also mention HIS BOOK: — -“NO APOLOGIES”. – — -He doesn’t make them.!! —

        – –Good 2 C U Sepia♥ —Have a good day. :>)

      • AxelFoley

        Can I shine yo’ shoes, suh?

        • Admiral_Komack

          Is we sick, boss?

      • GreenLadyHere

        Sepia♥ — -Also: – — -IZ WE SICK —MASSA?? – —:>)

      • Kennymack1971

        I never ever want to hear a single one of these Blackademics try to throw shade on PBO again. This whole episode is just pathetic.

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

          OK! I’ll never forget when Marc Lamont Hill said PBO was “scared of white people”. And here he go saluting Romney as if he did MHP a favor? Let’s be real: If Romney was REALLY “classy”, he would’ve NEVER joined in on the attack against MHP in the first place. He would’ve told the media to back off. But no, he egged it on, wallowing in the attention.

          • rikyrah

            Marc Lamont Hill went back to Fox AFTER O’Reilley called him a DRUG DEALER ON THE AIR.

            Please never forget this.

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

            THANK YOU! So these Blackademics can have SEVERAL seats in the “You’re a non-mfing factor” section.

        • jds09

          I think they saw their financial life flash before their eyes.

        • Miranda

          It has shown us who they really really are…not that any of us didn’t already know it.

    • jds09

      I’ll admit I was wrong about Mittens, I thought he would pile on. Yet I understand via TPM, Mittens continued to lie about ACA>

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY jds09. :>) Thank U on the ACA. :>)
        Howeva – –I’m not sure that –“Da Twit” – –is through with this.
        Annnd -IMHO —-there is a REASON/STRATEGY 4 his “well-calculated” response. Perhaps it is 2 gain CREDS 4 “past” actions. Annd/orrr that he can endorse candidates as a –“nice man”. — –

        – –He is RACIST – –EVIL/VILE man; annnd I don’t trust him. :>) —
        — -RESPECTFULLY — -jds09. :>)

        • jds09

          I agree GLH, I thought Mittens was incapable of restraint.

          • GreenLadyHere

            :>) jds09 – – — ***HUGS** —–More L8R. :) Thank U. :>)

        • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

          Not sure about that one. He’s hated within his own party and has absolutely no clout whatsoever. I don’t see that changing. I think more than anything the GOP wishes he’d go away.

      • Admiral_Komack

        Re: MHP: Mitt wins by taking the high road; I thought he’d pile on, too.
        Also contrasts MHP’s crying jag.

    • conlakappa

      I believe the general nastiness of the Mittens crowd but would bet money they picked the name because it is trendy/they liked the sound of it. I have not known white folks to be into meanings of names when assigning them to their children. Plenty of them running around named Kieran (I am posting this from my phone; the name was an auto-fill). And an actor with the original Gaelic one. The true test for me if the treatment of the boy’s negritude will be what they do with his hair along the way.

      • goldenstar

        Betcha he won’t go Dante with his hair.

        • conlakappa

          Ha! Wouldn’t it be a joy if he did?! We know it will likely be a tangled mess for a while. Or greased to a fare-thee-well. I had to calmly and without judgment counsel a white woman with an adopted black son that applying oil daily wasn’t a good thing.

          • goldenstar

            *Greased to a fare-thee-well*. LOL!

            A leadership award in cultural competency to you!

          • conlakappa

            Small victories! Good place to talk about being in an airport recently and saw three white women with their black children. One was a young woman whose daughter had a few ponytail-braids. The next was an Italian immigrant who was with her black husband and their kids. Her daughter’s hair was a scrambled, uncombed mess. The little boy’s was more together. The third had a little princess whose hair was flawless and the woman and her child were outgoing to black folks. This leads me back to how that new grandchild will relate to black folks. You know what I mean: the nod on the street.

  • rikyrah

    Just finished the first shoveling of the day.

  • jds09

    This question is so breathtakingly dumb.

    “Asked by Gregory whether she believes the administration should consider negotiating a plea bargain with Snowden in exchange for the return of classified documents, the former Department of Homeland Security chief hesitated to weigh in, saying she “would require intimate knowledge of what he allegedly has” to properly evaluate if such a deal could be brokered.”

    In exchange for what? The Chinese and the Russians have that shit already. Snowden has NO leverage and our stupid ass pundit class desperately wants to give him some.

    http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2014/01/05/no-clemency-for-snowden-ex-homeland-security-chief-janet-napolitano-says/

    • conlakappa

      Has this been out through a spin cycle? I thought she said no clemency.

      • jds09

        Apparently, she’s on MTP this morning.

        • conlakappa

          She should be focused on her new, big job rather than filling the ex-official-set-up-to-tear-down-the-President role. I don’t remember previous occupant’s former people getting air time fresh after their departures.

          • Aquagranny911

            She said no clemency & she stuck by it. Gregory tried to pin her down if that could change & she said she could not say without more info that she was no longer privy to.

            I think she did okay in this & I think also that PBO wanted her to do this interview for a variety of reasons.

            Janet has never been an attention whore & she is drawing fire away from HS & the WH on this issue. I know I’m defending her but she has always had PBO’s back & I don’t think she has changed.

          • conlakappa

            Thanks. Media spin. Characterizing her reaction as hesitating. Please add her name to the index card of subjects for us to talk about when we meet. By the time you finally make it here, there will be enough material for both sides of a sheet from a legal pad!

          • Aquagranny911

            We could probably write a book! You do realize that if I left tomorrow with Bro in his RV that I could be in your area some time around May? That’s his plan anyway.

            BIG SIGH! If I tried that Sis would skin me alive, stake me in the desert for ants to snack on! “We have elections work to do here!” Sis is a hard driven woman who drives me with no mercy!

          • BarbinAtlSouth

            (Methinks the roles have been reversed in this telling)

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

    Hit dogs will hollar:

    ProfB @AntheaButler 7m
    Just know that everyone on the left ain’t your friend either. Still mad whenever someone calls out truth on both sides #ignorant

    ProfB @AntheaButler 6m
    Just like the Right, these hard left folk have a name for us “Blackademics” lol. makes them look just like #TCOT folks

    The thing is those of us who use the “Blackademics” term are NOT “hard left folk”. We’re the pragmatic ones calling out Black professors who demand ideological purity from PBO, and are always questioning his “blackness”.

    • conlakappa

      Butler isn’t someone I have thought if in a decade or two. Talk about grabbing the spotlight while it is hot.

      • goldenstar

        She’s on MHP ALOT. Wondering just what is going through MHP’s head w/ all her fave panelists acting out.

        • conlakappa

          Ah, so it was MHP who had elevated her platform outside the academy. Sounds like she is pissed she wasn’t there the day in question.

          • TresL

            …or wants to make sure her invitations continue so she can showcase her “smarts” and continue to elevate her profile because you know if you’re on TV yapping that means you’re important. LOL!!!

    • Tafr

      Please let them knowthat we also call them emo negros and ivy tower negros. Most blacks folks are not trying to take up for Mitt Romney and most of us are not happy about MHP crying for white folks. The reason I know this is because I have been black longer than a day. They keep the public shaming of MHP going by kissing Mittens ass. They are doing MHP no favors.

      • isonprize

        Also, it keeps the attention away from the Racketeering charge against ol’ R-money.

        • Aquagranny911

          Nailed that! I’ve been saying this myself…great minds and all…The media will keep on doing just that!

      • gn

        Exactly, wtf.

        They keep the public shaming of MHP going by kissing Mittens ass.

        There’s a bunch of shameless attention-seeking and hypocrisy going on from Romney’s camp, and classic dithering and handwringing coming from emos. What else is new. This reminds me of Ann Romney becoming “offended” because someone said her non-working self…doesn’t work. Emos who have been calling PBO weak for years all of a sudden couldn’t stand up to this clear opportunistic complaint. Both the far right and emos can as per usual stfu and have a stadium full of seats. Enough with the tantrums and fake tears already. Gratuitous drama, and both groups live for it.

      • jds09

        My mama, born and raised in East St. Louis who had multiple degrees (including a doctorate) taught us some simple truths:

        “There is a difference between being educated and intelligent. It’s ideal to be both. Don’t get confused there are a lot of educated fools.”

        Some of the best advice she ever gave me.

        • goldenstar

          Your mom learned a lot from East St. Louis and beyond!

        • Aquagranny911

          Your Mama is a wise woman. Gracias for sharing her words.

    • Alma98

      I believe Mitt didn’t say anything because he wants to look above it all. Because we know how racist and nasty his campaign was. And these fools are tripping all over themselves falling for it.

      • gn

        Best believe he’s enjoying the drama as much as the rest of the far right/emos.

    • jds09

      Reading her tl, I guess we’re trying to “silence” her. LOL

    • Kennymack1971

      Anthea Butler is laughable. Once again we have a Blackademic/Pundit getting all huffy and badass with critics on Twitter while simultaneously thanking Massa Mitt for being so gracious for accepting MHPs apology. Madam please have a seat.

  • rikyrah

    The Devil Made Them Do It
    by BooMan
    Sun Jan 5th, 2014 at 06:39:32 AM EST

    Secretary of State John Kerry is meeting separately today with the kings of Jordan and Saudi Arabia. He’ll be discussing the status of talks he’s had with the Israelis and Palestinians over the last couple of days.

    Kerry is asking both parties to help him build a framework for peace negotiations, and the process has reached a difficult stage where intransigence on each side threatens to derail the effort. It is therefore somewhat amazing that Sens. John McCain (R-AZ), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and John Barrasso (R-WY) traveled to Israel in order to criticize Kerry and undermine his position.

    Pro-Israel Republican Senators John McCain (AZ), Lindsay Graham (SC) and John Barrasso (WY) showed up in Jerusalem on Friday, apparently to remind the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that they do not feel he is sufficiently supportive of the Israeli Prime Minister and his negotiating positions.

    How often does a U.S. Senate delegation visit a foreign country, during a visit of a high ranking State Department official in order to make their opposition to the official U.S. position known? Has it ever happened before? And does the fact that we are talking about Israel make it OK?

    http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2014/1/5/63932/58508

  • Alma98

    Morning all!

    • rikyrah

      Good Morning, Alma.

      Ready for the Deep Freeze?

      • Alma98

        Morning rikyrah.
        Yep I’m ready, making chili tonight.

    • crazycanuck

      Good Morning Alma. Great Sun! I can’t believe I just got up lol.

      • Alma98

        Morning cc I slept in myself woke up at 9:30. lol

    • goldenstar

      Good Morning! Here comes the sun..in the POU world. Nothing but snow in north Chicagoland.

      • Alma98

        Good morning goldenstar!
        Nothing but snow and the freezing cold.
        Mother nature is making up for those heatwaves.

    • Aquagranny911

      Lovely sun today, Alma. I’m so sorry you are getting such bad weather. I wish I could send you some of our warm.

      • Alma98

        Thank you AG, but we’re doing ok.
        Eating lots of soup, chili and gumbo and not going out unless necessary lol.

        • Aquagranny911

          I love soups & chili!

        • TyrenM

          I like chili this time of year, but that gumbo is calling me…Tyyrrrrrreeeeeeeennnnnnnn. Head to WI like you used to make beer runs (on Sunday.)

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥ — —-Some ACA POSITIVITY — —IGNORE –the “negativity” ]
    Obama administration to tout slow growth in national healthcare spending- –
    — — The agency responsible for implementing ObamaCare will release a report on Monday showing slow growth in national healthcare spending.

    The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) will brief reporters at the National Press Club on what the Obama administration has touted as a trend of slower healthcare spending growth since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
    – – — SNIP —

    — –“The fact that the health cost slowdown has persisted so long even as the economy is recovering, the fact that it is reflected in health care prices — not just utilization or coverage, and the fact that it has also shown up in Medicare — which is more insulated from economic trends, all imply that the current slowdown is the result of more than just the recession and its aftermath,” wrote Jason Furman, the chairman of the CEA.

    “Rather, the slowdown appears to reflect ‘structural’ changes in the United States health care system, a conclusion consistent with a substantial body of recent research,” he concluded.

    Furman credited ObamaCare with lowering healthcare spending. He said the law has reduced Medicare overpayments to private insurers and medical providers, reduced hospital readmission rates, and promoted more efficient, high-quality care.
    THERE IS MORE —Woo! Hoo! :>)

    —-☺http://gifrific.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Barack-Obama-Clapping-in-Front-of-American-Flags.gif

    – – – -THANK U♥ — -MR. PRESIDENT! :>)
    – – -ETA: – – [Gotta “bounce” –C YA as soon as♥. . I O REPLIES. ***HUGS** :>) —Good Luck –NFL :>)]

  • creolechild

    Good morning POU.

    More than 30,000 African migrants protest in Israel

    [….]Gathered in the coastal city’s central Rabin Square, the protesters sharply criticised Israel’s refusal to give them refugee status and the detention without trial of hundreds of asylum seekers. “We are all refugees” and “Yes to freedom, no to prison!” they chanted in English, with Israeli rights activists also joining the march.

    Ultra-Orthodox MP Eli Yishai, the hardline former interior minister
    who in 2012 led the government campaign to round up and deport tens of thousands of illegal migrants, denounced the protest. Yishai said that the “infiltrators”, as authorities call them, were encouraged by “anti-Zionist human rights organisations”.[….] He said the demonstration was “a sharp and clear cry for the state of Israel and judicial and law enforcement authorities to apply all the means at their disposal to return the infiltrators to their countries”.

    Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/01/05/more-than-30000-african-migrants-protest-in-israel/

    H/T Agence France-Presse

  • creolechild

    Massachusetts Takes A Major Step Forward In Smart Grid Technology

    At the end of December, the Massachusetts’ Department of Public Utilities (DPU) issued an order that requires large energy providers to submit a ten-year grid modernization plan (GMP) by mid-2014. The plan will require investing in advanced metering functionality that enhances communication between the utility companies and customers, and is meant to increase efficiency and lead to energy and cost savings.[….]

    Massachusetts is the latest state to make a serious push for utilities to invest in the smart grid. Maryland, California, Oklahoma and Illinois all have metrics in place to measure and verify smart grid energy savings and costs in an effort to promote accountability for financed projects. Four years ago the Department of Energy gave out $3.5 billion in smart grid investment grants as part of the federal stimulus package.[…]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/01/03/3116861/smart-grid-massachusetts/

    H/T Ari Phillips

  • creolechild

    ARTS as Free Treatment for Grieving, Homeless Youth

    Whether a teen is struggling with grief after a family death, or a
    life-changing diagnosis or homelessness, the ARTS program gives them a world of their own to adjust and grow through trouble. ARTS stands for A Reason To Survive, and those reasons include dance, music, painting, poetry, knitting, sculpting or anything creative. It was started by a man, Matt D’Arrigo, whose mother and sister were both diagnosed with cancer when he was a young man.

    Painting in his room brought positive transformation and he later found his calling — helping others to get the same sort of therapy when they need it most. By providing direct service free of charge to youth across San Diego county, including arts education, and college & career preparation, the ARTS program has transformed more than 2500 young people in California.(WATCH the video below)

    Read more: http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/recreation/arts-as-free-treatment-for-grieving-youth.html

    H/T Today and GNN

  • creolechild

    Texas Republicans, conservatives lose 3 big donors in 2013, part of generational change

    [….]Harold Simmons, whose business interests ranged from energy
    to nuclear waste dumps, helped transform Texas from a Democrat-controlled state in the 1970s to a Republican stronghold by the turn of the century. Simmons’ death Saturday came after Republicans
    lost home builder Bob Perry in April and businessman Leo Linbeck Jr. in June. For decades, all three helped bankroll political campaigns both in Texas and nationwide.[….]

    All three men were considered conservative renegades when they got involved in politics. However, as the state grew more conservative, they became part of the GOP mainstream.[….]So-called establishment candidates will suffer the most from losing
    these critical donors, said Rice University political scientist Mark
    Jones, an expert on Texas campaign finance. He said Perry and Simmons dwarfed all other Republican donors in Texas.[….]

    Read more: http://www.startribune.com/politics/national/238055131.html

    H/T Chris Tomlinson

    • jds09

      There in the distance….is Texas turning blue?

  • creolechild

    Report: Israeli Military Intelligence Sees ‘Deep Strategic Change’ In Iran

    [….] Since the ection of Hassan Rohani as president in Iran this past
    June, Netanyahu has repeatedly said that there’s no real difference between Rohani and his predecessor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and that Rohani’s conciliatory approach to the international community is just a trick by the Iranian regime.[….] Haaretz reported in September that on the eve of Netanyahu’s departure for the United Nations General Assembly in New York, the head of MI, Maj. Gen. Aviv Kochavi, provided him with an assessment holding that a deep strategic change was being played out in Iran, expressed in Rohani’s election victory in June.

    Expert analysis does not view Rohani’s election as a deception
    by Khamenei intended solely to mislead the West, but rather as an
    authentic leader who is creating an independent power center.[….]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/security/2013/12/31/3107561/report-israeli-military-intelligence-disagrees-netanyahu-iran/

    H/T Matt Duss

  • creolechild

    Iowa Man Posing As Homeless Hands Out Gifts

    Jonnie Wright stood on an Iowa street corner in the freezing cold on
    Christmas Eve disguised as a homeless man. Anyone who rolled down their window to give him a donation received a surprise in a sealed envelope.

    The Des Moines businessman gave away nearly $1,000 and the money he received went to the local homeless shelter. He said the stunt to reward people for their kindness had been on his ‘bucket list’ of things he wanted to do before he died.(WATCH the video below)

    Read more: http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/inspired/iowa-man-posing-as-homeless-hands-out-gifts.html

    H/T KCCI-TV, Joel Arellano, and GNN

  • Kennymack1971

    RE: Anthea Butler. I’m LMAO at her trying to enlighten us about the RW throwing out distractions to take our focus off 2014. Madam we’ve been saying this for years and getting called all kinds of “Obamabots” and “cultists” so again….have a seat.

    • gn

      Seriously. And the far right gets so much mileage from these phony scandals because emos ALWAYS cosign them. They took a tasteless joke and are dominating a news cycle with it meanwhile the far right has heartlessly cut off unemployment benefits to relative crickets. This is ridiculous.

      • Miranda

        Its beyond ridiculous.

    • goldenstar

      So, is she going full-tilt on the charges that Romney and Bain face????

  • gn

    conlakappa, did your mother make it to and from BAM okay?

    • conlakappa

      Yes. She said it was a great show. Look for that singer some time! My mother sent me a snowy photo of one of her travel mates. She sent me an e-mail this morning about not looking forward to traveling home this morning in the ice.

  • TyrenM

    It looks semi- warm in Cincinnati. Another loss for yours truly.

  • crazycanuck

    Alfred Stevens….The Japanese Parisian (1872) oil on canvas

    • Aquagranny911

      This is a very interesting painting on several levels, not the least of which is the title. I have a lovely yellow silk kimona that Hubby got for me when he was stationed in Japan. The hand embroidery on sleeves & front is so exquisite. It is a real work of art that I have hung for display.

      I only wore it once myself & will say no more than I didn’t wear it in public.

  • Miranda

    How much y’all wanna bet some fool in the WHPC will ask for PBO’s reaction to this stupid shit regarding MHP?

    • Aquagranny911

      Two pesos but I want change back! Maybe we can make a pool bet of which one of the goatfigging press will ask first. At this point I’m thinking Ed Henry.

      • TyrenM

        CNN dude (Karl?)

        • Aquagranny911

          Oh yeah, that guy! Jonathon Karl? Is that his name? I wonder even if Chuckie the Toad might go for it.

          We need a pool. I’ll note your bet.

          • Admiral_Komack

            Ed Henry.

          • Aquagranny911

            You’re on! That’s my bet too!

    • Kennymack1971

      Easy money. That’s got Ed Henry written all over it.

  • rikyrah

    • goldenstar

      The daughters don’t look that happy to be back. After sun in HI, it’s difficult.

      • Aquagranny911

        They probably wanted to stay in Hawaii with Mom but it is back to school on Monday, Chicas!

    • qosine

      Thanks for this clip. Makes me smile. The girls are so tall
      and lovely. And of course, seeing the big plane land in the
      snow. lol

  • rikyrah
    • Alma98

      And they’ll be there when the game starts lol.

      • Miranda

        Its inhumane to play a game in that weather!

        • Alma98

          LOL

  • Miranda

    LOL…yeah…when the boss calls, you really need to pick up. LOL

    Pope To Nuns: Why Aren’t You Answering The Phone? ASSOCIATED PRESS – JANUARY 4, 2014, 9:41 AM EST

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has made another one of his cold calls to wish a group of nuns in a Spanish convent Happy New Year. Only he got their answering machine, instead.

    “What are the nuns doing that they can’t answer the phone?” Francis asked in the message he left, the recording of which was obtained by Spain’s El Mundo newspaper and broadcast on Italian media Saturday.

    “This is Pope Francis. I wanted to offer you greetings for the end of the year. Maybe I’ll try to call again later. May God bless you,” he said.

    Francis has made a habit out of calling people out of the blue, often checking in with ordinary folk who have written him about their hardships. He places the calls himself, as evidenced by the message.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/pope-francis-nuns-phone-call

    • rikyrah

      this one tickles me as much as AQ asking for receipts for their business accounts.

      • Alma98

        deleted wrong place.

    • rikyrah

      This just cracked me up….but, what if someone had actually answered the phone? Would YOU have believed it if they said, ‘it’s the Pope’..even if they are nuns.

      • Aquagranny911

        I read that one of the Nuns there is a friend of his from way back so they probably would have believed it. They did try to call him back but he finally reached them that evening.

  • Aquagranny911

    JEEZE LOWEEZ!!! I just read that Piggie Noonan called Mayor De Blasio a “Sandinista” The woman is totally unhinged & demented! Does she even know what a Sandinista is? Sweet blushing baby Jesus! We have plunged into a vortex of pure loco in this country!

  • gn

    This is what I’m talking about; this is why these folks can STFU:

    July:
    @GOPBlackChick
    What will Trayvon Martin Foundation do? Maybe mom+2X divorced dad w/girlfriend should have tried better parenting. http://gma.yahoo.com/trayvon-martins-mother-devastated-hear-zimmerman-juror-felt-114808995–abc-news-topstories.html

    Yesterday:
    @GOPBlackChick
    Common people with no common decency like @MHarrisPerry utter garbage.

    GTFOH! Get the fuck outta here.

    • Miranda

      But GOPTrickChick will not be hassled relentlessly into an apology…she’ll be on Hannity or some other Fox News show peddling her ho-for-dollars-over-my-own-mama bullshit without a care in the world.

      • gn

        That’s only the tip of the iceberg of what she said too. She said Trayvon’s mother didn’t care about him until she could trademark his name and make some money. She’s vicious as HELL, now sitting on twitter tsk tsking about civility. And she’s one example of these phony civility police. This is *ridiculous*. Absolutely ridiculous. Fox”News” speculated that PBO’s putting Malia on birth control—these are the SAME people talking about kids are off-limits??? This is a farce.

  • Miranda

    This is so true…….he will now be the perpetual victim to be thrown in our faces for the next 3 years…and the left will let it happen.

    Mitt Romney is your new Sarah Palin
    By TBogg
    Friday, January 3, 2014 15:23 EST

    Remember Mitt Romney? White man? I mean, really white man? Kinda rich? I mean, really reallyrich? Guy who used to indicate feelings of mirth by clearly enunciating HA HA HA HA HA sounds while grimace-smiling? That guy?

    Yeah, you remember him. Mitt Romney was the guy who ran for CEO of America and lost TO A BLACK MAN over a year ago and after that Republicans were all “Mitt Romney? Mitt? Hmmmm, you’d think I’d remember a dude named Mitt but, nope, can’t say I recall him. But you know white guys: they all look alike“. Then his internet girlfriendJennifer Rubin admitted that she only wanted him for his support of Israel body and she had her ‘Hit it hard, Mitt’ tramp stamp half-lasered off before they even called Ohio for Obama. Well, those were hard times and they forced Mitt to take a serious look at his life and he decided to dedicate himself to public service by taking a job as a community organizer advising rich people on how to get even more obscenely rich and disgusting.

    more here: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/01/03/mitt-romney-is-your-new-sarah-palin/

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

      But inspiration came last week when this lady on the teevee said something about Mitt Romney and his family’s efforts to adjust the family skin tone average from Ultra Pure White to Cotton Whisper by adopting an African-American baby

      *tears*

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!

  • rtoz

    Ten Commandments for Kids