September 23, 2017

Sunday Open Thread: West Wing Week

This week, the President delivered the first State of the Union address of his second term, and then brought his proposals to factories in North Carolina and a school in Georgia, presided over a Medal of Honor ceremony, honored the outgoing Secretary of Defense, and hungout on Google Plus.

  • GreenLadyHere


    — – –☻Love the way that he HONORS -“HEROES” — -the Pendleton’s, 102 years “living” –Ms Desiline, the –Presidential Citizens Awardees. . . :>)

    —– -☻ —President Obama plans to spend Saturday out of view of the press, as he kicks off his holiday weekend at a Florida golf community.
    First lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha are also away from Washington for the weekend, and are in Aspen, Colo.

    —- -☻ –He’s working on THIS: —Obama immigration bill includes 8-year path to residency, report says –Lookin FORWARD – – -> :>) —


    ——–THANK U –4 the “WWW” – -ALEXANDER2. – — ALWAYS ENJOYABLE :>) — –

    – – – B BLESSED 2-DAY :>)♥ – —

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2 – – –HAH! — -Warchin’ Sen. Chuck –“chin check” – -“creepy crowley”. LOL – –He said –“Iff U will just allow me 2 FINISH!” – –

    She – –SHUT IT!! – – -:>) —

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2 – – –THIS is sooo POWERFUL [a RE-POST]- —- ***TEARS*** annnd ***SMILES*** – —

    Mother of slain Chicago teen urges Congress to pass gun-control measures – –

    —-The mother of a 15-year-old Chicago girl who was killed by gunfire a week after performing at President Obama’s inauguration is pushing Congress to enact gun-control measures in a new public service announcement.

    “When my daughter performed at the president’s inauguration, it was the happiest day of her life. A week later she was murdered, gunned down near her school,” Cleopatra Cowley-Pendleton says in the announcement, released Saturday. – –

    —-Cowley-Pendleton urges lawmakers to pass “common-sense measures,” such a law requiring background checks for all gun sales.
    THERE IS MORE. – –

    – — —-Sooo – -BRAVE —-Soooo POISED – – – –BLESS HER/FAMILY♥ —


  • Mornin’ POU!


    Melissa @ MSNBC ‏@MHPshow
    Had an issue with @MHarrisPerry’s criticism of POTUS’ Chicago speech on Friday? You may get a rebuttal on Sunday. Tune in, #nerdland.

    This might not end well…for her.

    • goldenstar

      She took a beat down on Twitter. She also stated that PBO came to town thanks to the Black Youth Project. Right.

      Do. not. get. me. started.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good Sunday MornTin’ Sepia — -***BIG HUG** :>)

      – — UH! OH! – -:>) – – -As I said, – – – -SHE STARTED off — -“bowing 2 the WRONG PEOPLE!!” — –

      Annnd guess WHO WON’T have her BACK!! — THEM!! — –

      WE tried. – – -:>) – – –

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

    • Somebody tell her to say something like “I was making another point” and let it go.

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2 – —– WAY-ELL — -FYI – – -Naturally — -Top-heavy on the -“DREADED –RE-THUCKERS” – — -humph —

    – – –Sunday Talkers

    – – –Morning lineup:

    ☻ Meet the Press: White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough; Sen. John McCain (R-AZ); Former Astronaut Mark Kelly; Roundtable: California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D), Former CEO of Hewlett-Packard Carly Fiorina, Republican Strategist Alex Castellanos and Chris Matthews (MSNBC).

    ☻ Face the Nation: White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough; Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R); Newark, NJ Mayor Cory Booker (D); Archbishop of Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl; Foreign Affairs Roundtable: Tom Ricks (Foreign Policy Magazine); David Ignatius (Washington Post) and Margaret Brennan (CBS News); Domestic Policy Roundtable: Amy Walter (Cook Political Report), Michael Gerson (Washington Post) and John Dickerson (CBS News).

    ☻This Week: Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI); White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough; Roundtable: George Will (Washington Post), Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX), Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA), Ruth Marcus (Washington Post) and Former Romney Campaign Senior Adviser Stuart Stevens.
    THERE IS MORE. — – – -***yawn****—-

    • You know I could see if he was some brilliant mind with incredible wit but McCain has none of that so why is he on every Sunday?

      • Admiral_Komack

        Psst…the McCains WANT him out of the house on Sundays…chill out.

  • creolechild

    Good morning POU.

    The Deficit Reduction We Have Achieved So Far

    Since the start of fiscal year 2011, President Barack Obama has signed into law approximately $2.4 trillion of deficit reduction for the years 2013 through 2022.[….] So where does all this deficit reduction leave us?

    Since the start of fiscal year 2011, Congress and the president have cut about $1.5 trillion in programmatic spending, raised about $630 billion in new revenue, and generated about $300 billion in interest savings, for a combined total of more than $2.4 trillion in deficit reduction. The result is a substantial cut in how much publicly held debt the country is expected to hold 10 years from now. Instead of reaching nearly 93 percent of GDP, debt is now projected to total about 83 percent of GDP—fully 10 points lower.

    And while that won’t be enough to finally put the budget onto sustainable footing, it is a massive improvement. In fact, it’s about two-thirds of the way toward stabilizing the debt-to-GDP ratio.[….]

    Read More:

    H/T Michael Linden and Michael Ettlinger

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXABDER2 — — Woo! Hoo! — -SHE! —IS! —FIERCE!! – — – —

    —-Wall Street’s Badge of Honor to Elizabeth Warren
    – —Senator Elizabeth Warren scares the tea out of Wall Street. She understands the game and how Wall Street plays it. She knows how to fix a system rigged in favor of Wall Street. Now that she is a Senator and a member of the Senate Banking Committee, Wall Street will be shaking in their designer boots more than they have in a long time.

    I’m guessing that Republicans who thought they put this smart and gutsy woman back in the binder for good when they blocked her nomination as Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau are wishing they had left well enough alone. .

    Now Elizabeth Warren is in their faces every working day, as the senior Senator from Massachusetts. Thanks, GOP! Sometimes you really are a liberal’s best friend – especially when you come up with super “clever” strategies that blow up in your faces. She wants accountability for Wall Street much to the chagrin of Wall Street advocates in Congress who believe accountability is for the little people.

    Senator Warren isn’t wasting any time exposing the system that the GOP built to give Wall Street free reign to do whatever they want to the global and national economies, and getting free stuff when they screw up instead of being held accountable.

    – -Looks like SHE’S gon – —-DO! THIS!! — –HAH!–

    —–GOOD ON U —SEN. ELIZABETH! —:>) — –

    • Somebody help me with this one. I thought she didn’t one to be the day to day administrator. Just the person who set it up and got to choose who would be the director.

      • creolechild

        This is an underlying current of ODS; namely, the refusal to believe that rather than being passed over for the position she simply didn’t want the damn job. But the denial runs deep, as evidenced by the wording in the excerpt.

        [….] Barney Frank, a Warren ally, delivered that message to the White House, he told HuffPost in an interview Thursday. “She always said she didn’t want to be there as a permanent director. Some of the liberals are worried about it. It’s almost an insult to Elizabeth. She wouldn’t take this if there was the slightest impediment to her doing the job,” he said.[….]

        Frank said that she’ll have more than enough time to set up the agency and get it moving in the right direction before she heads back to the Harvard faculty or elsewhere in politics.[….] Warren allies, however, are still pushing for a permanent nomination.

  • creolechild

    Mignon Clyburn begins second term on FCC

    Mignon L. Clyburn will be sworn in for her second term as a member of the Federal Communications Commission today at Charleston City Hall. Charleston native Clyburn, the daughter of Emily Clyburn and U.S. Rep. James E. Clyburn, D-Columbia, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate, following her re-nomination by President Barack Obama, for a second, final term on the commission to conclude in June 2017.

    “I thank President Obama and the members of the United States Senate for their confidence in me, and I look forward to working with my FCC colleagues to further improve and smartly tailor our nation’s communications policies,” Clyburn said in a statement.

  • creolechild

    Democratic Lawmakers Seek To Prevent Pharmacists From Refusing To Fill Birth Control Prescriptions

    Even though Obamacare’s birth control rule helps expand access to affordable contraception, ongoing right-wing attacks on reproductive services still threaten to prevent women from accessing the birth control they need.[….]

    Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) are spearheading the “Access to Birth Control (ABC) Act,” the same bill they have attempted to get through previous legislative sessions. The politicians reintroduced their measure on Thursday, explaining that they hope to strengthen the birth control provision in the health care reform law by ensuring that pharmacists cannot obstruct women’s access to contraception:[….]

    Read more:

    H/T Tara Culp-Ressler

    • nellcote

      I think at the very least pharmacies should be required to have VERY visible signage about their non-distribution policy so people know in advance that they’re assholes.

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2 — — -LOL – —Da G(r)IFT(er) – – -that KEEPS on GIVIN’ – –LOL —

    – – –SNL Does Marco Rubio

    – – –ENJOY — “WATERBOY” — -LOL

    [Gotta “bounce” early. MISSIN’ U/CARRYIN’ U –IN MY♥ –B BLESSED♥] –

  • creolechild

    The Mini Libraries

    Urban Librarians Unite is pleased to announce its own small network of little libraries. These bright orange newspaper boxes have been set up outside of library branches in Brooklyn and Queens closed due to damage from Hurricane Sandy. These tiny, all-weather libraries house about a hundred books each at a time and there is no expectation whatsoever that the books need to come back.

    [….] These books are a tiny spark of entertainment, they provide some distraction, and they remind people that the library has not forgotten them or their community. Our Children’s Book Campaign has been wildly successful and we have thousands of books to distribute. These little libraries are a direct pipeline to the public, a way of putting books right into their hands.[….]

    Read more:

    H/T Bullhorn

  • goldenstar

    Not liking the discussion on MHP Show. PBO did not racialize his talk. These folks are making a big deal outta nothing.

    • The money quote from MHP was when she said that for the majority of her daughter’s life, she was a single mom. THAT’S what this isht is all about. She’s projecting her own bs onto PBO.

      • MonieTalks

        Yep. On some personal ish.

        But even in MHP’s case, she is both educated and an educator. Even if her daughter did not have constant access to her father, she likely had better opportunities because MHP had built a foundation in which her daughter had better educational opportunities, access to extracurricular programs etc. MHP herself had a family structure that contributed to her success.

        Even her own single motherhood is not representative of the bigger issues of single motherhood we face widespread inour community.

        • nellcote

          Someone needs to ask MHP how her own life would have been different without her own father in her life. She needs to ask children if they would have rather had a father in their own lives.

        • creolechild

          The question is, with MHP’s educational background and access to a public platform why isn’t she advocating for policies that address the enormous hurdles that single mothers, and fathers, have to deal with on a daily basis, i.e. lack of child care services, obtaining additional education and/or specialized skills, the every present dilemma is not having enough food, expanding Head Start programs, birth control screening, nutritional and financial counseling?

          Oh wait, that means that entities such as the CBC and others who are busy popping off would actually have to come up with something. Last I heard, they were still “quietly planning in Washington D.C.”–whatever the fuck that means.

          It’s been stated here time and time again that these problems aren’t new, and neither is the fact that the folks running around with their hair on fire are the least likely to do anything constructive to help solve the problems that do exist. They’re only interested in bashing PBO, getting ad revenues from clicks to their websites and/or people to tune in to hear their nonsense.

          No, thank you! I have better things to do.

        • GN

          Another topic which was addressed in that speech and for whatever reason isn’t receiving any attention:

          “I had more of a safety net, but these guys are no different than me,” Obama said at Hyde Park Academy, where the teenagers are in school. “I had issues too when I was their age. I just had an environment that was a little more forgiving.”

          The biggest thread through the speech to me was that currently we have people set up to fail and ideas for how that can be changed.

      • Town

        But she ran and got MARRIED to provide a father figure in the home real quick, didn’t she?

        • rikyrah

          tell it

  • creolechild

    I’ve read other accounts about this story. And I’d like to know why he isn’t in jail?

    Company suspends exec accused of slapping child on Delta flight

    A Delta Air Lines passenger faces a federal assault charge after allegedly slapping a fellow traveler’s crying 2-year-old son to quiet the child as their flight arrived in Atlanta, according to an FBI affidavit.[….] “According to Ms. Bennett, a male passenger next to her in Row 28, Seat A, later identified as Joe Rickey Hundley, told her to shut that” [racial slur] “baby up. Ms. Bennett stated that Joe Rickey Hundley then turned around and slapped [JS] in the face with an open hand, which caused the juvenile victim to scream even louder.”[….]

    Delta spokesman Morgan Durrant told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution flight attendants separated the passengers after the incident and that the crew arranged for law enforcement to meet the flight when it landed. The criminal complaint said several people on the plane tried to assist the mother, including Todd Wooten, who told the FBI agent he heard the derogatory language coming from the rear of the plane and went to investigate. Wooten told the agent he witnessed Bennett’s child being assaulted.[….]

    Read more:

    H/T Chris Seward

    • GOVCHRIS1988

      Thats why I was in the camp of beating his ass on that plane. I KNEW he would get off too easy.

      • creolechild

        Nonmelanin privilege…

    • BoomerGal

      If it had been MY child he wouldn’t have to worry b/c I WOULD BE IN JAIL!!

    • Aquagranny911

      …and Jesus wept…

      Racial slur…slapping a crying baby to make him stop….I just can’t….

      This evil pendejo should go to jail!

    • rikyrah

      I’d be in jail for beating his ass.

      • Admiral_Komack

        I’d be in jail for killing his ass.

  • creolechild

    White People Have to Give Up Racism

    [….] No, it’s not the job of people of color to win over racism, it’s the responsibility of white people to abandon it altogether. We’ve reached a point here in America, though, where we believe the worst of racism is over and the remaining animus is either not worth mentioning or dying off. Neither is true. Racism is the foundation; it literally built this country. It’s going to keep showing up. Denying that doesn’t solve the problem, it exacerbates it, making it so we can’t ever achieve real solutions.

    Then Trayvon dies, or Rodrigo Diaz dies, or we debate protecting Native American women from sexual assault, and the promise of America doesn’t match up to the reality. But we’ve accepted the falsehood of equal opportunity. We’re a nation constantly lying to ourselves instead bettering ourselves.[….]

    [….] We’ve been at this a long time, shouting about where injustice lives, but white people’s response has often been reminiscent of a popular Jay-Z lyric: “We don’t believe you, you need more people.” And then, when a white person has a “Black Like Me” moment—experiencing the type of discrimination typically reserved for people of color—white people are suddenly outraged. It would be laughable if it weren’t so insulting. Our stories are real. We have lived them and then recorded them, not because it’s fun to do so, but to draw attention to where change is needed. All white people have to do is listen.[….]

    Read more:

    H/T Mychal Denzel smith

    • nellcote

      where we believe the worst of racism is over
      I certainly don’t believe that. I spend too much time trying to decide if things are getting worse or if all the civility filters are turned off and letting people say what they always felt.

      • creolechild

        I think he was referring to the fact that when the issue of racism comes up people will point to the fact that PBO was elected not once but twice to bolster their claim that the worst of racism is over. Ironically, PBO’s election has demonstrated how prevalent racism in this country is, starting with the politicians in Washington. People have a tendency to see only what they want to see…

      • Aquagranny911

        I think “all civility filters are turned off.” Somehow having a black President has allowed all the raving racists a public forum to spout their poison. We know it has always been there but now it’s up front, in your face for all to see.

        The thing that really frosts my buns is the person who says:

        “I’m not racist because_______” (insert which ever piece of BS you chose) then proceeds to deny your reality & life experience by saying you are wrong & should just get over it & move on. They live in total denial because they do not really want to self-examine their own bias & prejudice.

        Even though all this pains me very much, I feel it is a positive thing that all the evil is coming out so we can see it & deal with it. The more we can share & dialogue, even with the haters & deniers, the better chance we have to heal. It’s like draining the puss from a wound. The wound can’t heal till it’s clean.

        IMO, the most powerful thing is the public example set by our President & his family that gives the total lie about the stereotypes of AA’s & their families. This is one reason why PBO & fam receive so much undeserved criticism from both left & right.

        The average, ordinary person who is not a hater but may hold some bias sees this undeserved criticism & sees a good man who works hard for the people, walks his own talk & cares about ALL Americans. This can change a person’s perceptions & world view. That change may be slow but will make us all a better people & a better nation.

        Just my few feeble pesos………

        • isonprize

          HEY AG!! Just wanted to extend my cyber hugs to you and your family. I hope your daughter is on the mend…

          • Aquagranny911

            Hola Isonprise! We are hanging in there & keeping the faith…every day just a little bit better.

  • aleth

    Seriously fuck MHP and her insecurities… I am done. Our community is not ready to be honest with itself..done fuck it

    • MonieTalks

      Nope. But the issue is, if Bill Clinton said what PBO said, Black folks would be throwing their panties at him, scrambling to touch his feet, proclaiming him a prophet for Black folks. PBO says it and you get the Jesse Jeakson, “cut his nuts off” reaction.

      I saw firsthand during my husband’s last major deployment in 2009-2010 how crucial his physical absence weighed on my sons. He had been absent for various reasons before, but as they became older, they became more aware, especially at that point, We went through a tremendous rough patch during that time. When he came back, some of their behaviors ceased almost overnight. Teachers were writing me as if a miracle had happened. All of us had a lightbulb moment. For children, it matters. Even in special needs children.

      And at that time I was a stay at home mom, fully involved…basically on a first name basis with the faculty and staff at their schools. If there was a problem, they could call me and I would be there. But at the end of the day they STRUGGLED with no seeing their dad every day as they had been used to…even if they did not verbalize this pain with their own mouths. This topic is huge in the military community, but applies just as well to the general public.

      I was able to be readily available. But most single moms who, in addition to being a parent, also have to work and handle numerous hats while being stretched thin. It is HARD. period. No one is looking down on single moms…they need SUPPORT. And the fathers of children should be a top priority of their rearing. There is NOTHING disturbing or elitist about that. NOTHING.

      Folks need to stop pretending that a father’s presence does not matter…IT DOES. The absence of, or dysfunction of a parent will play out in some form of our lives, whether as children, or as adults, or even how we react to our future mates and how we want our family structure to exist.

      • GN

        And quite frankly, black men deserve targeted approaches which can enhance quality of life and enable those who are not already present to be present in larger numbers. What’s kind of crazy to me is that people are ignoring the part of the speech which focused on economic opportunities, finding other solutions for child support than jailing fathers, and other ideas to accomplish just that. Nothing about that throws shade at single moms at all.

      • Aquagranny911

        Stellar comment! My children struggled with this, as well every time their father was at sea or away when he was in the Navy & this was not in war time.

        What children seldom verbalize is their greatest terror that the absent parent will never return. It is one of the worst fears of childhood & often gets acted out in negative behaviors. For young children who often still have magical thinking, to speak of their fear might make it so.

      • rikyrah

        thank you, Monie, for this wonderful comment.


      • isonprize

        Monie, I’m giving a serious side-eye and a WTF to “even in special needs children”

        Did anyone think that children with special needs are not children? Need their fathers any less?

        Lawd, we have come far but have so, so, so much further to go.

        • MonieTalks

          No. Let me clarify. I may have used a poor choice of words here.

          The reason why I made that comment Isonprize was that during that period, the change in behaviors were thought to be mostly linked to their diagnosis. Remember, my sons are used to Dad going away, here and there…away at training, schooling, TDY etc. When he is gone, they know he has to go to work. And I tell them, work is necessary so although Dad misses you, that is his other important job behind being your Dad.

          It was only after he returned that we saw DRASTIC changes for the better…literally overnight in my sons. I know my kids better than anyone, and the IMMEDIATE positive reaction to having dad back shocked even me because it was so drastic.

          For the most part when he was deployed, there were no outwardly, emotional pleas for their dad..and all of my sons are verbal. Their angst manifested itself in behaviors….of which have not returned in a long time since we have not had a long term deployment since that period.

    • This tweet by Prof. Butler (who was on MHP Show’s panel this morning) is an example of the problem with academics, which is they spend too much time looking at issues through an academic lens instead of reality:

      ProfB ‏@AntheaButler
      So later today, i’ll have some reading suggestion on the first segment this morning that will help frame the convo #nerdland

      It ain’t that deep! People saw the segment, thought the panel (with the exception of Elon James White. He did try to be the voice of reason) was on some bs, and let MHP and nem know. Reading some articles won’t change the fact that MHP took one sentence out of PBO’s speech out of context and ran with it in order to push her own agenda.

      • Miranda

        Reading suggestion?!?!??!

        I really can’t stand these people…I really can’t.

        • OK? They’re too caught up in academia.

      • So there’s going to be a quiz later on? This isn’t real to them. It’s all cocktail party conversation.

        • Admiral_Komack

          If you fail the quiz, no bean pie for you!

  • Miranda

    February 16, 2013 04:00 PM
    SC Gov. Nikki Haley Named As Other Woman In Divorce CaseS.C. Gov. Nikki Haley is one of three “other women” named in a divorce lawsuit filed in Richland County, S.C. earlier this month.

    According to court documents obtained exclusively by FITS, Jennifer Marchant – wife of prominent S.C. State House lobbyist Larry Marchant – is suing her husband for divorce on the grounds of infidelity.

    One of the three women Marchant accuses her husband of cheating on her with? You guessed it … Haley.

    • Isn’t this the second time she was accused of creeping?

      • Admiral_Komack


      • conlakappa

        Said to be by people in her own party.

    • GOVCHRIS1988

      Governor Ho Haley. Wow. South Carolina just KEEPS electing hos.

    • Aquagranny911

      What is the matter with these politicians & their messy sex lives? Is is boredom? Don’t they have anything more constructive to do in their spare time than self gratification?

      They are so deluded to believe that they can actually get away with this kind of caca when they are already in the public eye.

      • GOVCHRIS1988

        Well, they don’t do policy. Whats wrong with a a little of blues singer Barbara Carr said in the Governor’s Office

        • Aquagranny911

          A lobbyist? He probably did & she can’t sing….

          “You don’t own me. I’m not one of your many toys…..”

          • GOVCHRIS1988

            She’s a Blues singer. Not many of them can.

          • Aquagranny911

            I was referring to Gov Haley & her lobbyist not Barbara Carr.

            I don’t know anything about Ms Carr’s personal life.

      • Guns3000

        “Don’t they have anything more constructive to do in their spare time than self gratification?”


    • Town

      Is the the same man Haley was accusing of tipping out on her husband for?

      Or is this a different guy?

      • Admiral_Komack

        Different guy.
        The other guy was Will Folks, I believe.

  • creolechild

    How Michael Jordan Still Earns $80 Million A Year

    Michael Jordan turns 50 on Sunday and retrospectives of his career have been getting heavy airtime this week. The highlights include his six titles with the Chicago Bulls, his impact on athlete marketing and countless unforgettable moments on the court (“flu” game; switching hands driving the lane; the “shot” versus the Cavs).[….] But Jordan the business? It is stronger than ever.

    Jordan earned an estimated $80 million last year from corporate partners Nike, Gatorade, Hanes, Upper Deck, 2K Sports, Presbyterian Healthcare and Five Star Fragrances. Other Jordan assets include six restaurants, a North Carolina car dealership, a motorsports team and his 80% stake in the Charlotte Bobcats. Jordan out-earns almost every member of the world’s highest-paid athletes 10 years after his last NBA game (Floyd Mayweather topped Forbes June 2012 list with earnings of $85 million).

    The Jordan Brand, a division of Nike, is responsible for the vast majority of MJ’s earnings. Jordan partnered with Nike after being drafted by the Bulls out of North Carolina in 1984. The original five-year deal was worth $500,000 annually, plus royalties. The terms of Jordan’s current deal with Nike are a closely guarded secret, but royalties now generate more than $60 million annually for MJ, according to sources.[….]

    Read more:

    H/T Kurt Badenhausen

  • Ebogan63

    Since I work daily in communities in which absentee parents of all races negatively impact children’s lives, I know POTUS is correct

  • Miranda

    THANK YOU….MHP can go to hell with this bullshit

    I didn’t realize it was conservative to say dads and moms should be involved in kids lives. @MHPshow

  • MonieTalks

    Over 20 years ago, Ed. OG and Da Bulldogs gave us this:
    Be a father to your child..

    Now so-called “intellectuals” have a different take…..Please. We are truly in silly season. Sit down with that mess. Sorry, I will NEVER be convinced that having BOTH parents in your life, if possible, is fruitless. It makes a difference. It is not always an indicator of where one may wind up, but it WILL shape who you are.period.

    • These two tweets make an excellent point:

      Sabrina ‏@Charmed86
      @sherylkaye @MHarrisPerry they cheered for equal marriage but have a problem with black people getting married, go figure

      Pretty Foot ‏@PrettyFootWoman
      @naheitzeg @PragObots @GN192 @LadonnaArmour why is marriage a rw talking point if it is anyone but LGBT citizens calling for it/

      For the past four years, the left — including MHP — has talked about the benefits of marriage for the LGBTQ community, but when PBO advocates for marriage for us, it’s suddenly a “right wing, conservative talking point”?

  • MonieTalks

    The unspoken problem behind Hadiya’s death

    …We learned to be a community. We cared about our neighbors, their property and the safety of their children. This was social capital. We knew that our power came from cooperation and trust that benefited the greater good.

    Vandalizing a neighbor’s home was to vandalize our own home. Assaulting a neighbor was to assault oneself. Killing a neighbor was to kill a part of the community. A neighbor who let trash pile up in his yard trashed the value of his neighbors’ yards. Calling the police was not viewed as snitching but as being responsible and caring. We knew that crime destabilized our community and threatened everyone.

    Empathy and social capital are absent from too many of today’s black communities nationwide. In places like Chicago’s South Side — where violent teenage gangs have replaced the traditional family — empathy is seen as a weakness and social capital is seen as that warm-and-fuzzy stuff that whites and black traitors practice.

    Many African-Americans blame urban poverty for this crisis. But poverty does not explain away the lack of a moral compass, the source of the violence and general neglect that have turned our communities into dystopias.

    What is there to celebrate during Black History Month?

    read more:

  • GN

    Just a reminder of what PBO actually *said* as strawmen fly around and attacks on women are alleged with no basis:

    “As the son of a single mom who gave everything she had to raise me, with the help of my grandparents, I turned out OK,” he said, calling single moms “heroic” and worthy of praise.

    But he added, “At the same time, I wish I’d had a father who was around and involved.”

    The president said there are neighborhoods all over the country where young people don’t see adults succeeding and where they come to think the future “only extends to the end of the street corner or the outskirts of town.”

    Young boys and young men, in particular, “don’t see an example of fathers or grandfathers, uncles, who are in a position to support families and be held up and respected,” Obama continued. Yet the biggest factor in determining a child’s success — and preventing a child from sliding into a life of crime — is having a “loving, supportive family,” he said.

    “And by the way, that’s all kinds of parents. That includes foster parents, that includes grandparents, extended families. That includes gay or straight parents,” Obama added to applause. “Those parents supporting kids, that’s the single most important thing. Unconditional love for your child, that makes a difference.”

    You would think that he straight cussed out the black community and/or mothers with the way that some people (MHP!) are carrying on. I think that outside of the PL, most people would see these remarks as inoffensive common sense, and the forward-thinking economic ideas as welcome.

    • rikyrah

      they just wanted to pick on POTUS

    • MonieTalks

      Totally inoffensive. And spot on.

      I always knew that American history was whitewashed and full of revisionism. POC and their contributions have been slighted, omitted, and disputed, And for the most part we chalked up to white men.

      But I am kinda surprised (though I should not be), that in addition to the GOP, the PL is the main culprit of of revisionism and twisting of THIS president’s words and actions.

      There is not one word nor action he can do without them turning around and hastily chastising him, then take credit for “forcing” him to do something.

      First it was, he must make a speech about Chicago. And when the speech is made, it was not to our satisfaction. It is truly sickening to see such perverse behavior disguised as “concern.”

      It has gotten to the point where they do not want PBO to have his own moral convictions and compass, but yet are always crying for him to show his leadership and be bold. You can’t do both.

  • Here’s the MHP video for those who missed it

    “The Problem with Daddy Politics”

    • Aquagranny911

      Thank you for sharing but I think I will skip the viewing. The title alone is way more than enough to put me off. MHP seems to have some personal issues for which she needs a good therapist not a public forum.

  • Alma98

    Good morning all.

  • creolechild

    Buzz About NYC Mayor’s Move to Reduce Marijuana Arrests Is Way Overblown

    On Thursday, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a new policy for marijuana arrests in his State of the City address.[….] Some may conclude that now police will just give out paper tickets. That is not accurate. Issuance of a DAT involves a full custodial arrest, handcuffs and a trip to the police station in a squad car, van or wagon.[….]

    At the police station the arrestees, 87% of them black and Latino, are fingerprinted, photographed and locked up in the precinct’s holding pens. Their fingerprints and other data are sent to the state and FBI to be cross-checked for arrest warrants, as well as checked for local NYC warrants.[….] The NYPD gives out 600,000 of these summonses a year, primarily in the city’s black and Latino precincts.[….]

    Middle-class and upper-class whites in New York City are rarely stopped and searched by the police, and therefore rarely arrested or even ticketed for marijuana possession. Yet young whites use marijuana at higher rates than young blacks and Latinos. It’s time for everyone in the city to be covered by the same marijuana possession policy long enjoyed by middle- and upper-class white New Yorkers: no arrests, no tickets and no fines.

    Read more:

    H/T Harry G. Levine

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  • rikyrah

    Original Sin

    by BooMan
    Sun Feb 17th, 2013 at 10:38:14 AM EST

    When the Republican Party was in its formative stage, it had a little problem. It took most of its members from the disintegrating Whig Party, and most of the rest from northern anti-slavery Democrats. But it needed a bigger piece of the pie if it wanted to have a shot at winning the presidency. That meant that they needed to win over members of the Know-Nothing Party (officially known as the American Party). This unsavory group of people were totally unglued by immigration from Ireland and southern Europe because they were Catholic, and also because they were low-skilled and often non-conversant in English. You might call them the 19th-Century version of the Tea Party. Ironically, however, at least in the North, they were not any more likely to approve of slavery than the average citizen. It was possible to win them over to the cause of preventing the expansion of slavery, or even abolition. After all, slave labor is an even worse competitor than immigrant labor because it is cheaper.

    The great early leaders of the Republican Party, like William Seward, Salmon Chase, and Abraham Lincoln, didn’t share the anti-Catholic sentiments of the Know-Nothings, but they needed their support both for the new party and for their strength within it. When Salmon Chase ran successfully for Governor of Ohio in 1855, he didn’t support any part of the Know-Nothing program, but he made sure that Know-Nothings were on the GOP ballot for most of the statewide offices.

    In any case, the Republican Party has morphed in many ways since the Civil War. It now resembles nothing more than the Democratic Party of the 1850’s, while the Democratic Party is more like a hybrid of the Whigs and the northern Democrats of that time. But the Know-Nothings have stayed in the GOP to this day. They are kind of the Original Sin of the Republican Party.

  • GN

    Last point, then I’ll shut up. It’s huge that a President of the United States sat with a bunch of Chicago teens and told them that point blank period there’s no difference between them and him at their age, he just had a more forgiving environment. This is the point of role models and how much they can help. When you have kids who are told that they kind of aren’t shit, some of whom definitely believe that, and then you have a President of the United States say, “nah, you’re just like me, we just need to hook up a better community for you,” that is so enormous. I wish all of the drama surrounding what is clearly a misrepresentation and misinterpretation of the speech at large wasn’t obscuring that message, because it’s one of the most positive ones that kids can hear.

    • Aquagranny911

      Excellent comment, once again!

      I would like to add this. My Papi said many years ago: (I will paraphrase from my memory)

      “Young boys think they are like the gods, that nothing can hurt them. This is why the are so daring & try so many things. They don’t think always about circumstances. They just do & then they are baffled when the doing brings them trouble. I, myself, was this way once but I learned it was more important to be a live man than a dead god. It is the job of family to give example & teach the boys to be thoughtful & prudent without breaking that spirit. If we teach them to grow right they will do things of glory that we elders can only imagine.”

  • jziglar

    The problem with some black folks is that they can’t handle the truth about what is wrong in our communities. They always want to blame or call on someone to be a savior and say some nice things to make them feel good about themselves, but not address all of the problems. Marriage is not the be all end all solution but it is important. The percentage of blacks who are married has declined over decades and we’ve seen an erosion in the number of strong black families and that is a fact. If MHP and the other idiots can’t deal with that then too damn bad.

    And it’s about time that we start holding out people accountable as well as calling out institutional racism.

    • jziglar

      Also MHP, Corney West, Tavis, and the rest of the clowns should be talking about empowering blacks and pushing education and building our own businesses instead of blaming, complaining, and doing nothing (which they are good at) since they are self proclaimed black pundits / black leaders.

      • This used to tick me to no end. Something happens and we join hands and sing two choruses of We Shall Overcome.When it comes to taking concrete steps to address these problems. Silence.

        • jziglar

          It pisses me off. Like you said wash, rinse, repeat. Never any follow up action.

        • Miranda

          You mean having a panel full of PhD’s that gets shown on CSpan at 3 in the morning won’t solve all our problems??

    • Miranda

      If you look at each of their personal stories (the black academics that get mad when PBO brings up the importance of fathers) you will find that each needs therapy about the issue their damn selves.

      • jziglar

        True !

    • Dis here.

    • Kennymack1971

      “And it’s about time that we start holding our people accountable as well as calling out institutional racism”

      .All of this.

  • Alma98

    Like we said a speech is not going to stop the violence in Chicago. SMH

    • Miranda

      SMH…but dont tell the black eggheads that would never ever teach at an HBCU that.

  • rikyrah

    Marco Rubio Rejects Obama Immigration Reform Plan: ‘Dead On Arrival’

    By Benjamin Hart Posted: 02/16/2013 10:03 pm EST | Updated: 02/17/2013 9:49 am EST

    Hours after USA Today obtained the first draft of President Obama’s immigration reform plan, the office of Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) put out a press release signaling the lawmaker’s strong opposition.

    “It’s a mistake for the White House to draft immigration legislation without seeking input from Republican members of Congress,” the statement begins, before going on to call the bill “half-baked and seriously flawed” and declaring that “if actually proposed, the President’s bill would be dead on arrival in Congress.”

    Specifically, Rubio’s statement criticizes the Obama bill for not being tough enough on border security and for failing to reward “those who chose to do things the right way and come here legally” over “those who broke our immigration laws.”

    The president’s plan would allow undocumented immigrants to obtain legal permanent residency within eight years, among other provisions.

    Until recently, Rubio has not shown much interest in immigration reform. But in the last few months he has cast himself as a leader on the issue, seen as a crucial one for Republicans after their poor showing with Latinos in the 2012 elections. He has won over many conservatives with his own plan, which calls for tighter border and workplace security measures, as well as a long path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.

  • rikyrah

    Sen. Lindsey Graham: Sacrifice Obamacare To Avoid Sequester

    Posted: 02/17/2013 10:27 am EST | Updated: 02/17/2013 10:50 am EST

    To avoid a March 1 sequester, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) suggested on Fox News Sunday that Congress save money by cutting the Affordable Care Act instead.

    “Here’s my belief: Let’s take Obamacare and put it on the table,” he said. “People are leaving the private sector because their companies can’t afford to offer Obamacare. If you want to look at ways to find $1.2 trillion in savings over the next decade, let’s look at Obamacare. Let’s don’t destroy the military and just cut blindly across the board.”

    The White House recently released a fact sheet detailing the devastating effect a sequester could have on the economy if Congress fails to pass spending cuts by March 1, including a reduction in loan guarantees to small businesses by $900 million. The blame, Fox News anchor Chris Wallace pointed out on Sunday, would likely fall on Republicans, who are digging in their heels to protect tax cuts.

    Graham said the blame should fall on President Obama, who “came up with the idea of sequestration.”

    “The president promised this wouldn’t happen,” Graham said. “He’s the commander in chief, and on his watch we’re going to begin to unravel the finest military in the history of the world at the time we need it most.”

    • Miranda

      He trying so hard not to be primaried.

      • If he gets engaged to a woman, you’ll know he’s REALLY scared.

        • rikyrah

          hee hee hee

  • rikyrah

    One-Trick Show Pony

    By mistermix February 17th, 2013

    The great brown hope is already loosening his bowels on Obama’s immigration plan:

    It’s a mistake for the White House to draft immigration legislation without seeking input from Republican members of Congress. President Obama’s leaked immigration proposal is disappointing to those of us working on a serious solution. […

    Anyone who thought they were going to get something from Rubio other than the usual butthurt over what Obama said or did is living on the edge of reality. Any Republican who put forward a “serious” plan and pushed for it hard couldn’t get the 2016 nomination, which is what our deshidratado Cubano really wants, so adiós reforma.

    Speaking of Marco’s SOTU response, more than enough has been said, but I wanted to bat down the myth that responses are always awful. They’ve been awful for Republicans, but Jim Webb did a notably good job in 2007. Of course, Webb didn’t want to run for President in 2008. If you look at Democratic responses in the past, they’re either from novelty minor personalities who are a long way from the Presidency (Gary Locke, Tim Kaine) or long-time House and/or Senate leaders. Republicans are dumb enough to think that the moment immediately after an event where the President looks the best he does all year is a good time to trot out a Presidential contender. Democrats are not. Marco’s problem wasn’t his inability to sip, it was the fact that his ass was in that poorly lit studio mouthing platitudes in the first place

  • rikyrah

    Hair Sacrifice

    Feb 17 2013 @ 9:22am

    A compelling story and slideshow from Colors Magazine:

    Every day at the Tirumala Venkateswara Temple in India, about 10,000 people sit cross-legged on the floor of the tonsuring room and let one of the 500 temple barbers shave off their hair. For many Hindu pilgrims, the shave is an intensely moving experience, as they believe that by sacrificing their hair here they will gain Lord Venkateswara’s protection and be cleansed of material debts.

    Once the hair hits the floor, however, it enters the world of business. The strands are collected by attendants, packed into large steel bins, washed, and sorted according to length and quality. Twice a year, the stored hair is auctioned off and exported, mainly to the USA, UK and China, where it is used to make hair extensions and wigs. Long, untreated Indian hair is in high demand; the temple’s longest hair sells for RS20,000 (US$375) a kilogram.

    Last year, amid concerns that buyers were forming a cartel, conspiring to keep bids low, the temple stopped its open auctioning process and began to sell online instead, through secret tenders. So far, it’s proving extremely lucrative; in 2011, the temple sold 561 tonnes of hair for RS2 billion ($36.9 million).

  • GN

    The biggest challenge facing you “conscious” brothers and sisters is being so spiritually high, you are no earthly good.

    • Miranda

      Aint that the truth.

    • GOVCHRIS1988


    • Chuch!

  • rikyrah

    Charges against Jackson belie his pledge to service

    Former congressman, wife fall from grace as political power couple
    By John Chase, Jeff Coen and Bridget Doyle, Chicago Tribune reporters
    9:34 p.m. CST, February 16, 2013

    Jesse Jackson Jr.’s final act as a public official was to send a Thanksgiving eve resignation letter to the speaker of the House in which he declared that “for 17 years I have given 100 percent of my time, energy and life to public service.”

    But federal prosecutors unveiled an image of Jackson as less a public servant and more a politician interested in surrounding himself with treasures. A gold-plated Rolex. Furs and cashmere capes. Memorabilia from the likes of Michael Jackson, Bruce Lee and Martin Luther King Jr. Luxuries out of the reach of the many people trying to stay above the poverty line in Jackson’s former South Side congressional district.

    In all, federal prosecutors in Washington alleged that Jackson and his wife, former Ald. Sandi Jackson, misused more than $750,000 in campaign funds for their personal benefit over nearly seven years starting in 2005. She faces her own charge of fraudulently understating the couple’s income on tax returns for six years.

    The charges, months in the making, are the latest development in a steady but grand fall for the onetime political power couple.

    The son of the Rev. Jesse Jackson once was considered a wunderkind in Chicago politics and a threat to become Chicago mayor. Then he became ensnared in the scandal that brought down former Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Last June, Jackson took a leave of absence from Congress amid the probe and an eventual diagnosis of bipolar disorder.

    Now both Jacksons are expected to sign plea deals with prosecutors.


    • goldenstar

      His spending appears to be more related to his bipolar condition than outright theft. just sayin’.

  • Miranda

    RWNJ heads explode in 5…4…3…

    In a first, Obama plays golf with Tiger Woods

    PALM CITY, Florida | Sun Feb 17, 2013 2:27pm EST

    (Reuters) – President Barack Obama played golf with Tiger Woods for the first time on Sunday and got a chance to see how the game is played at the highest level.

    Obama, an avid weekend golfer, and Woods, the world No. 2 who won his 75th title last month, teed up at the Floridian Yacht and Golf Club.

    Obama is on a three-day golf getaway in Florida, while his wife, Michelle, and their daughters, Malia and Sasha, are skiing in Colorado. He got some instructional tips on Saturday from Woods’ former swing coach, Butch Harmon.

    more here

  • crazycanuck

    I hope the President was like, no more of this calablasion nonsense, or whatever it is he calls himself

    Oh to be a fly on the cart. RT @michaelskolnik: White House official confirms Obama played golf with Tiger Woods.— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) February 17, 2013

    • Tiger Woods y’all, Tiger Woods y’all, it’s all good y’all, Tiger Woods y’all!

  • trose1

    Anyone watch FOX News today? I wonder what is the truth

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Associated Press has withdrawn its story about Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., saying he sees some in the his party favoring a 2016 presidential candidate with an immigration policy that would “round up people … and send them back to Mexico.” That quote was in the transcript of “Fox News Sunday” that was distributed after Paul’s interview on the show. A subsequent Associated Press review of an audio recording of the show determined that the transcript had dropped the word “don’t” from that quote, and Paul actually said, “They don’t want somebody who wants to round people up, put them in camps and send them back to Mexico.”

    • Reminds me of when the media tried to clean up Miss Ann’s “You people” comment she made to Robin Roberts on GMA.

      I wanna see the video for myself.

      • nellcote

        The ORIGINAL video. Fox is notorious for editing after the fact.

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!

  • GN

    Can you even imagine the outcry:

    A male pundit says a woman president has “daddy issues”, and watch the internet burn.

    • goldenstar

      For real.

    • I still can’t believe MHP went there. And the way she said it was filled with venom. I’m very, very disappointed in her.

      • GN

        She wasn’t listening and reacted too quickly without allowing herself time to digest PBO’s remarks. Everyone’s wrong sometimes, and in my opinion this is one of her times. At risk of being boringly personal, I haven’t had my father since I was a toddler and was raised by a superlative, exemplary mother and equally superlative grandmother. My mother is one of the most wonderful people I’ve ever met, period; words can’t describe what a wonderful person she is. *I still wish I could have known my dad.* Not because my mother was inadequate at all much less my grandmother, or in any way shape or form a bad parent because she’s so far from that. I think that this is very similar to what PBO was saying but MHP heard something different, because she was looking at the remarks as a parent (perhaps feeling unnecessarily guilty?) rather than PBO as a son saying he wishes he had that father’s presence and influence, no shade at all to his mom or his grandparents. He was connecting to kids who are in the same boat, he was connecting to people who think maybe because they’re not 100% together, they have nothing to offer their kids when that’s not true. And then like most of the thin-skinned beltway media, MHP doubled down when people disagreed. No one is always right. I hope that she re-reads the speech as well as others who IMO received a mistaken message from it.

        • Worldwatcher7

          I think you are seeing something important here. POTUS met with the Becoming a Man group that day. I’m sure the challenges of growing up as a young Black man were in the forefront of his thoughts. He was speaking to the issues that were relevant to the youth in the room. He was not speaking from the ivory tower. He remembered how it felt to not have his father when he was young, and he spoke to that feeling. And his message resonated with the young people in the room and the vast majority of people who heard the speech.

          Prof. Harris-Perry has fallen a great deal in my estimation. She’s proven herself to be a poor listener.

        • Thanks for sharing your story, GN. *hugs*

  • Keithnohio

    MHP’s comments do not surprise me. She is a pundit employed by the MSM. I found a while ago that it appears no human being employed by the billionaire, corporatist, Rightwing bullies that head the MSM networks are immuned to becoming ROBOTS of their superior’s talking points and narratives. It is inevitable. We do not have a free thinking press whom works to report the truth to the American public.

    It’s all about sensationalism, drama, propoganda, ratings, and the benjamins. Melissa’s contract is due for renewal and the masters must be satisfied. I have little faith in today’s punditry. I form my own opinions based on my own research. It is the only way I can survive this madness. Thank God for The Only Adult in The Room named Barack Hussein Obama. “Let’s take back the House in 2014”!