October 24, 2014

Thursday Afternoon Thread: 70s Soul

Enjoy!

Minnie Riperton – Memory Lane

Natalie Cole – Our Love

Rose Royce – I Wanna Get Next To You

Gladys Knight & The Pips – Neither One Of Us

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  • isonprize

    Rose Royce??!! WHAT!!??

  • Alma98

    Great songs!

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

    The next time white feminists try to say FLOTUS isn’t speaking up about “real issues”, hit ‘em with this:

    How Michelle Obama won over Mississippi on school lunches
    by Joy-Ann Reid | February 28, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    …Mrs. Obama arrived in Clinton, Mississippi Wednesday to congratulate the state on its progress in beginning to reverse those dire statistics, and to tout the early successes of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which she championed in 2010 with culinary TV Rachel Ray.

    The Act, which passed with rare bipartisan support during the lame duck session that followed the Tea Party wave election in 2010, increased federal funding for school lunches by $4.5 billion — the first increase for the Department-of-Agriculture-administered program in 30 years. Under its provisions, schools are reimbursed an extra 6 cents per meal by the federal government for every school lunch they serve that meets nutrition standards that the White House says have been revised for the first time in 15 years. Schools were given a year to implement the plan, and many began rolling it out during the 2012-2013 school year.

    MORE: http://thegrio.com/2013/02/28/how-michelle-obama-won-over-mississippi-on-school-lunches/

    • Ebogan63

      But Sep, if it’s not about ‘breaking the glass ceiling’ or about the self aggrandizment of white females, it’s not a ‘real issue’

      • conlakappa

        i have been nursing a general pissed-offedness at even the term feminists for a few weeks now. Maybe it was the first mention of Betty Friedan* and it being an anniversary year of the White Feminine Mystique and all subsequent mentions that started it. Maybe it was the calculator brigade. Dunno. But I’d advise any of them that she steps to me at her own peril.

        *I know I talked about it on Black Orange but not sure that I have here–Friedan treated me like I was her servant when she and I lived in neighboring apartment building. I can only now think of her without completely devolving into a series of tics. Loathed.

        • PBomb

          Really? How long did you live next to her? I was never that terribly impressed with her work.

          • conlakappa

            I lived in the building for 2 years. I think she was there the whole time. Mind you, she never spoke to me and likely couldn’t have identified me in a one-negress lineup, which would probably have been about her comfort level. She just basically waited as I approached the front door of her building and leaped from nowhere to ensure that I was opening the door for her. This happened repeatedly. I think I stopped going into her building after one time she leaped but I only walking by, not going near the door.

            Other people living in the buildings with whom I didn’t have beef: Jane Alexander, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, Joe Kennedy, Janet Reno.

        • Ebogan63

          Seen her interviewed a few times, never that impressed.Given your account, I’m even less so.

        • creolechild

          I look at it this way, most feminists were bored, disenchanted housewives who wanted the “freedom” of not being under their husbands’ thumbs. They can try to dress it up anyway they want to but that’s basically what it boiled down to. What can feminists tell black women that we don’t already know or haven’t experienced?

          Our mothers, aunts, and grandmothers were knee deep in the women’s movement before it went mainstream:

          Working outside of the home: Check
          Being trailblazers in their own right: Check
          Handling a career and family: Check
          Respecting the choices other women made about whether to enter the workforce or be a stay-at-home mom: Check
          Instilling in their offspring the importance of education and financial independence: Check
          Breaking glass ceilings: Check

          So, NOTHING that feminists say is upsetting to me because it’s who they are: entitled, always behind the curve, and irrelevant.

          • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

            CreoleChild you nailed it. I remember a lot of the TV shows back then that broached this subject basically coming to the same conclusion. And once the husband or boyfriend gave her “respect” they were happy again.

            Women of Color always knew what this crapola was about and they always knew white Feminists were as racists as the white men that kept them down.

            I never heard Black Women used the term male chauvinist pig. Ever. But that was the white feminist battle cry even though I bet dollars to doughnuts half of them didn’t even know what it meant.

          • Aquagranny911

            Nailed that!!!

    • Aquagranny911

      I’m so totally going to be flippant here. If you can stop some of that deep fry fat in Mississippi then you have really done something for the future health of the population!

      I love my FLOTUS!!!

      Just my 2 pesos…..

  • Miranda

    Oh my merciful Lord……these idiots are walking among us…protect us please.

    Gun owner fires at Walmart shoplifter to ‘mark’ him for police

    A gun owner in Florida was arrested on Wednesday after he opened fire at a suspected Walmart shoplifter because he said he felt threatened and wanted to “mark” the man’s car for police.

    As unarmed 42-year-old Eddie McKee allegedly ran from an Orange City Walmart with stolen merchandise, 35-year-old Jose Martinez pulled out his gun and fired at least five bullets, according to WKMG.

    “I saw one black gentleman running from the parking lot, he dove in his car,” a caller told 911. “And there were two older gentlemen chasing him down. One drew a gun, ripped open the guys car door and screamed, ‘Freeze, freeze, don’t move!’ And then fired shots.”

    Bullets riddled McKee’s vehicle, hitting the trunk and shattering the back window. Two other cars were also hit by gunfire.

    more here
    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/02/28/gun-owner-fires-at-walmart-shoplifter-to-mark-him-for-police/

    • http://twitter.com/symmetry11 symmetry11

      Store manager chased the robber down and the robber shot at him. They proceed to having a shot out in the parking lot. No regard to the fact that someone besides one of them could have gotten hurt. I am not chasing anyone to save the company’s dollar. I also don’t feel comfortable with the fact that the store manager had a gun. What if he shot and killed the wrong person? What if he snaps at work?

      http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2013/feb/27/e-knoxville-store-manager-trades-gunfire-with/?partner=popular

      • Miranda

        SMH…..and if he had run out there and gotten killed do you know what Dollar General would have done? Sent his Mama some flowers and then made the Asst Mgr the Mgr. Now its possible he has shot and killed somebody over probably less than $300 and if shot in the back, he will get charged.

      • jds09

        Someone is gonna do some time when one of the stray bullets hits a bystander.

  • creolechild

    No more Fung Wah…

    By the Numbers: Fung Wah’s ‘Chinatown’ Buses

    On Monday, the Fung Wah bus company, the notoriously dirt-cheap shuttle service known for carrying shallow-pocketed passengers between Boston and New York since the late 1990s, was ordered to park its service. The company’s fleet, colloquially referred to as the “Chinatown buses,” have been deemed too unsafe for the road by federal officials. (In fact, the buses were slapped with the label: “imminent hazard.”) To illustrate the full extant of Fung Wah’s troubled, rattletrap operation, here’s a brief history, by the numbers:[....]

    Read more: http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-02-27/by-the-numbers-fung-wahs-chinatown-buses#r=nav-r-story

    H/T David Wescott

  • creolechild

    Higher Minimum Wage? Small Business Doesn’t Mind

    President Barack Obama’s recent proposal to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $9 an hour by the end of 2015 has an unlikely ally: a sizable swath of America’s 6 million small employers. Historically, lobbyists representing small business almost unanimously condemned any increases in the federal minimum wage, arguing employers would be forced to fire workers. Now, with public anger over income inequality deepening and economic research challenging the notion that higher wages suppress employment, a growing number of small business advocates support a hike.[....]

    [....] The bottom line: Many small employers believe a higher minimum wage is good for their customers and good for business.

    Read more: http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-02-21/higher-minimum-wage-small-business-doesnt-mind#r=nav-f-story

    H/T Karen E. Klein and Nick Leiber

    • Aquagranny911

      My youngest daughter & SIL been paying $15 per hour plus in their small business for a long time & they are still going strong even in hard economic times with long loyal employees.

      With my daughter in the hospital recently, their employees were lined up to help, work more hours (unpaid) or do anything for my daughter & SIL. Some brought me to tears showing up at the house with meals they cooked & asking how to do more.

      You can’t buy loyalty like this. I really think it comes from treating your employees decently!

  • goldenstar

    Our FLOTUS Rocks. One of the local stations ran some live footage of her working out with the crowd. She also knows how to shut folks. down.

    For Michelle Obama, a Second-Term Agenda Focused on Children

    CHICAGO – Announcing the name of the best picture via satellite for Oscars was an extension of Michelle Obama’s interest in promoting the arts among children, her principle constituency, and if people didn’t like it, that was unsurprising and not particularly bothersome, she said.

    “My bangs set off a national conversation,” said Mrs. Obama during an interview here in which she reflected on the public’s fascination with her activities and her sense of what being the first African American family in the White House has meant so far, and hinted at a more international second term agenda. “We’ve got a lot of talking going on,” she said. “Everybody’s kitchen table conversation is now accessible to everybody else. It’s absolutely not surprising.”

    http://tinyurl.com/d2yw7r9

  • creolechild

    ‘Peer-to-peer’ lending cuts out the Wall Street middlemen

    [....] The Mission Asset Fund is like a financial version of a potluck dinner: Everyone contributes something of their own, but each individual also benefits from what everyone else brings to the table. Its most popular financial product, “lending circles,” formalize the peer-to-peer lending practices common in low-income and immigrant communities. Members of a lending circle contribute small monthly amounts to a common pot, which is then loaned to a member in need. The borrower makes payments on the loan just like he or she would a bank loan, only there’s no interest or fees.

    Borrowers are held accountable by the community — lending circles often include friends and even family members, so the power of peer pressure ensures timely payments. Mission Asset Fund reports the payments to credit bureaus, allowing borrowers to build credit histories and win access to traditional loans. According to the fund, the credit scores of lending circle participants have increased by an average of 49 points through the program.[....] When a borrower is struggling with payments, Mission Asset Fund sets him or her up with intensive one-on-one financial counseling and resets their payment schedule.[....]

    Read more: http://grist.org/living/peer-to-peer-lending-cuts-out-the-wall-street-middlemen/

    H/T Isa Hopkins

  • creolechild

    BRAVO! Now, this is how it should be done when politicians keep trying to enact legislation to shame people and waste taxpayer dollars….

    Kansas Democrats force amendment to include lawmakers in welfare drug tests

    Democrats in Kansas were unable to kill a Republican bill to drug test welfare and unemployment recipients, but they were successful in adding an amendment that would require lawmakers to also face testing. Democratic state Sen. Oletha Faust-Goudeau, who opposes drug testing, said that she wanted to make sure that lawmakers would be subjected to the same rules if the bill does end up passing.

    “What’s good for the goose is good for the gander,” Faust-Goudeau explained, according to The Kansas City Star.[....]

    Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/02/28/kansas-democrats-force-amendment-to-include-lawmakers-in-welfare-drug-tests/

    H/T David Edwards

    • conlakappa

      Aw, who told them what I said about that? I was aimed at Florida but Kansas will do.

    • isonprize

      LOVE THIS!! Give em a dose of their own medicine!! Love it.

      • conlakappa

        They will claim it’s their medicine!

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

    I say let them so it. The visual of white kids singing “Ease On Down The Road” will be entertaining. Plus, I wanna see who’s gonna play Evilene…

    Parent upset over high school’s all-white cast of ‘The Wiz’
    by Brittany Tom | February 28, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    The Wiz has been widely regarded as the black version of the classic The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and has traditionally featured an all-black cast.

    However, one high school’s production in Syracuse, New York did not cast any African-American students in the leading or supporting roles.

    One parent, Letrice Titus, says she is concerned that the musical director along with school officials did not do enough to increase diversity for the production. Titus, who is African-American, says she was upset after finding out that her daughter, Kierrah, was given an ensemble role instead of one of the leads. Kierrah has since dropped out of the production.

    MORE: http://thegrio.com/2013/02/28/parent-upset-over-high-schools-all-white-cast-of-the-wiz/

    • Alma98

      Next up A Raisin in The Sun?

      • conlakappa

        A Golden Raisin in The Sun.

        • Alma98

          LMAO!!

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

          LAWD!

        • jds09

          A Yogert-Covered raisin in the Sun. lol

          • Miranda

            A ORGANIC Raisin in the Sun!!

          • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

            Now stop this and I mean right now. Unless you got another one.

          • Miranda

            A California Raisun in the Sun…the story is set in Venice Beach!

          • GreenLadyHere

            — — -RAISIN’ da Roof –In Da Sun” - -Woo! Hoo! –

          • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

            LOL!!

      • Miranda

        Starring Joshua O’Reilly and Katie Van Kamp as Walter Lee and Ruth!

        • Alma98

          hahahahaha!

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

          LOL!

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

        And after that, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf.

        • Miranda

          Amy Wolowitz as Lady in Yellow!

        • Alma98

          LOL!

        • malletgirl02

          How about an all white Porgy and Bess?

    • Miranda

      So basically those white teens were like damn the Wizard of Oz, we wanna do the cool play.

      I wanna see it too.

    • isonprize

      Casting high school productions has more politics than running for POTUS!!!

      I’da dropped out too, Kierrah!! LOLOLOL Sometimes, a play is just a play.

    • GreenLadyHere

      HEEY Sepia- –***BIG HUG** :>)

      – — —YA THINK:????? —>Letrice Titus, says she is concerned that the musical director along with school officials did not do enough to increase diversity for the production.- –TRUTH!

      —-Wonder HOW he would cast– -THE COLOR PURPLE!!??? LOL –

      Good 2 C U Sepia :>) — –

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

        Oh, THAT would be very interesting!

        Good to see you, too! :-)

        • GreenLadyHere

          ***SMILES @ U*** :>) – -

  • Miranda

    smDh…….

    Pop champagne: Racism is over.

    “There is an old disease, and that disease is cured,” Bert Rein, the attorney leading the legal challenge to the Voting Rights Act—the landmark law intended to ensure all Americans can vote—told to the Supreme Court on Tuesday. “That problem is solved.”

    Rein represents Shelby County, Alabama, one of the jurisdictions covered by a key section of the Voting Rights Act called Section 5. Under Section 5, parts of the country with histories of discriminatory election practices have to ask for permission—or “preclearance,” in legal terms—from the Justice Department before making any changes to their voting rules. But the South, where most of the covered jurisdictions are, has changed, Rein said, and the law, although once justified, is now unfair and unconstitutional. The five conservative justices on the Supreme Court seemed to agree. “The Marshall Plan was very good too,” argued Justice Anthony Kennedy, “but times change.”

    more here:
    http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/02/supreme-court-poised-declare-racism-over

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      When a white lawyer from Alabama tells you racism is over it means the exact opposite.

      • jds09

        I can’t like this enough. Are there pictures? I need proof that he said that with a straight face.

      • GN

        There’s a concerted effort all over the media to paint racism as lessened, civil rights as won, which by implication papers over the current struggles of African Americans as simply our fault for supposedly not being up to snuff, while handing over the legacy of civil rights to majority white groups. I personally don’t buy any of it, no matter who it’s coming from. Tired of seeing black people get the short end of the stick.

        • trose1

          I agree and Black people must speak up and say they don’t agree with it.

          • GN

            Yup.

    • jds09

      Wow…just wow. Holding that view in the face of facts: long lines, added id, difficulty of use. This morning I paid a speeding ticket online and it took 3 minutes. I can pay the government without problem but I can’t vote online.

      • isonprize

        jds, I get your point. But I really wouldn’t trust on-line voting. No, sir! No, ma’am! No way!

        The only thing I trust is early in person voting. I have to think about what would work for international and folks who can’t get to the polls for whatever reason.

        I’m ready to do what some of the supposedly ‘lesser developed’ countries do. Paper ballots and purple ink on your hands to keep folks from voting twice. Poll watchers and live audio and video of vote counting.

        And yes, I am very serious.

  • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

    Minnie left the building way too early. I used to love this song.

  • creolechild

    This is not going to end well for the GOP…

    Senate Republicans Kill Sequestration Alternative

    Senate Republicans have filibustered a Democratic bill that would pay down sequestration’s indiscriminate spending cuts for a year. Though the vote outcome was never in doubt, the legislation’s demise assures that Congress will miss Friday’s sequestration deadline, and federal agencies will begin cutting projects and services.[....]

    Read more: http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2013/02/republicans-block-sequestration-alternative.php?ref=fpa

    H/T Brian Beutler

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- – SAD ENTERTAINMENT NEWS- —

    – – – — -Ex-Temptations singer Richard Street dies at 70 - — –

    – —-Former Motown vocalist Richard Street, a member of the Temptations for 25 years, has died. He was 70.

    Street’s wife, Cindy, says her husband died early Wednesday at a hospital in Las Vegas after a short illness.

    Richard Street sang as a young man with Temptations members Otis Williams and Melvin Franklin, but didn’t join the famed Motown group until the early 1970s. He later made the move from his native Detroit to Los Angeles with other Motown acts and stayed with the group until the mid-1990s.

    Funeral arrangements are incomplete, but Cindy Street expects services to be held sometime next week in Cypress, California.
    THERE IS MORE

    – —- -The Temptations Live in Concert – London – 1988 – (part 2).
    – – — - The Temptations are: Otis Williams, Melvyn Franklin, Ron Tyson, Dennis Edwards, and Richard Street.

    – — -RIHEP- — THANK U 4 YOUR MUSIC/DANCE :>) — –

    – — – — -CONDOLENCES 2 FAMILY/FRIENDS/FANS- -***raises hand*** – AMEN.- –

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

    Damn.

    Michigan Could Seize Control Of Massively Indebted City Of Detroit Tomorrow
    Rob Wile | Feb. 28, 2013, 2:05 PM

    Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder will announce tomorrow that the state will likely seize control of the City of Detroit’s administration, ABC7’s Detroit affiliate WXYZ reports.

    According to the Detroit Free Press, Mayor Dave Bing told reporters he spoke with Snyder this morning but declined to elaborate on their conversation. However, the paper says “there is a widespread assumption that Snyder will declare an emergency in Detroit and move forward with hiring an emergency manager.”

    Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/the-state-of-michigan-will-take-control-of-detroit-tomorrow-2013-2#ixzz2MEKTwzPC

    • goldenstar

      If there is a seizure, what role will Mayor Bing play in the governance of Detroit?

      • Guns3000

        He would still be the mayor just doesn’t have final say over finances. Which is basically a mayor in name only.

    • Alma98

      Let the gentrification begin, smh.

    • Miranda

      This was always the goal. Not any other city…it was always about getting Detroit.

      • vulcan_girl

        You ain’t never lied.

      • Guns3000

        Detroit hasn’t made it too hard for them.

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

    Obama administration urges Supreme Court to strike down Prop. 8
    By Christi Parsons and David G. Savage

    February 28, 2013, 12:42 p.m.

    WASHINGTON — California’s Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriages in the state, should be overturned, the Obama administration plans to tell the Supreme Court.

    An administration official confirmed that the Justice Department will file a brief in the case today. Officials would not discuss the legal arguments the brief would contain.

    The decision to enter the case comes despite the president’s past position that marriage rights should be a state matter. In recent weeks, however, Obama increasingly has referred to same-sex marriage as an issue of civil rights.

    Other administration officials have taken the same stance. In a television interview to be aired next week, for example, Atty. Gen. Eric Holder said that he saw marriage equality as “really the latest civil-rights issue.”

    “It is the question of whether or not American citizens are going to be treated with equal protection of the laws,” Holder said in the interview with ABC News.

    MORE: http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-obama-supreme-court-prop-8-20130228,0,3844832.story

    • GN

      I respect the Attorney General but I don’t agree with all of the post-black civil rights notions:

      In a television interview to be aired next week, for example, Atty. Gen. Eric Holder said that he saw marriage equality as “really the latest civil-rights issue.”

      Everything’s “civil rights” nowadays, especially issues which concern majority white people. It is what it is.

      • conlakappa

        I think there is being a distinction drawn now between The Civil Rights Movement and civil rights. I’d take the latter as what ACLU fights for.

        • GN

          I don’t know mane—“this is really the new Holocaust reparations issue…” heard, like, never, because the Jewish community refuses to allow people who don’t really respect their struggles (and low-key resent that they have received any reparations at all) to define, co-opt, and usurp those struggles. I just don’t agree with the WH about this and I wish that black leaders could be more strong about unapologetically guarding what was sacrificed for, and what plenty of people are still paying a price for. We deserve nothing less (but I do take your point mind you).

          • Miranda

            Well now that you mention it, I assume in court it has to be called a “civil rights” violation for sexual orientation discrimination or ssm arguments, right?

          • GN

            No, definitely doesn’t have to be called “really the latest civil rights issue,” just as violations of equal rights for women never needed that verbiage…

          • Miranda

            No, what I mean is that the legal argument is “this is a violation of civil rights under Section…blah blah blah”. So while it is unfair that a whole lotta groups co-op the Civil Rights Movement and thus the term “civil rights”…that’s just how broad the legal term is. Remember the ACLU will defend a Aryan Nation member who has been fired for being a racist jackass all under the legal justification of its a violation of their civil rights. Its unfair but when you look at the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division, every protected class is really benefitting from African American’s fight and struggle which is why there’s a Civil Rights Div to begin with.

          • GN

            No, you’re right about the legal term of art.

          • Ebogan63

            Imma cosign what GN is saying: I am really sick and tired of this ‘so and so is the Civil Rights issue of our time’ when we have a bunch of Confederate justices on the Supreme Court that want to take us back to Plessy v. Ferguson and ignore Civil War amendments to the Constitution to invalidate our right to vote, a right folks DIED for! Has anyone heard a fucking peep from these predominately white gay groups on Fat Tony’s comments? Didn’t fucking think so. So, with GN, I am gonna strongly disagree with Holder on this: Hope the admin is successful in overturning Prop 8, but goddammit, the struggle continues!!!

          • GN

            Exactly! And not throwing shade at all on this admin because Lord knows they have done a lot for us and everyone else, with almost no thanks for it. I just don’t agree with that verbiage and if we don’t speak up about it, who will?

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

            Gay groups have been as quiet as church mice, yet commanded Black people to support their cause.

          • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

            Commanded. That’s the word.

          • isonprize

            Has anyone heard a fucking peep from these predominately white gay groups on Fat Tony’s comments? Didn’t fucking think so.

            crickets….

            Same is said for “Feminists” groups.

            ALL WE GOT IS US!!!

      • trose1

        “really the latest civil-rights issue.”
        What does that mean?

        • GN

          Rather than doing the work of organizing, there are several (majority white, ironically enough) groups who have simply declared themselves the new civil rights, the civil rights of our generation, etc., and thus with that false equivalence, leaped on our backs. It’s just the truth. I’ve thought for years that black people need to be extremely careful with co-signing things like this, no matter that different causes may be sympathetic.

  • Miranda

    Well duh….

    House Republican: We’ll Need Dems To Pass Some Bills

    House Republicans must be willing to enlist Democrats to pass important legislation, a moderate GOP lawmaker told TPM on Thursday after his leadership passed the Violence Against Women Act with mostly Democratic votes.

    “I suspect you may see more issues appear like this,” moderate Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA) told TPM in an interview Thursday afternoon. “It’s quite possible on matters of governance, where there are not the Republican votes, that there will be bipartisan coalitions formed to pass important legislation. … If John Boehner doesn’t have enough Republican votes, we’ll need Democratic votes. It’s very basic. There’s no way around it.”

    VAWA was the third time this year that the Republican leadership violated the so-called Hastert Rule by bringing legislation up for a floor vote without the support of a majority of Republicans. The other two instances were to avoid the fiscal cliff and to provide disaster relief for victims of Hurricane Sandy.

    more here: http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2013/02/charlie-dent-hastert-rule-republicans.php

    • GN

      They have no choice IMO.

  • Miranda

    Pete King Can’t Believe Rubio Has the ‘Balls’ to Fundraise in New York

    Congressman Pete King was not pleased with his fellow Republicans who opposed the federal Hurricane Sandy relief package. Accordingly, Mr. King told us he was shocked to learn that Florida Senator Marco Rubio, who’s widely seen as a potential 2016 presidential contender, has been raising cash on Wall Street after voting against the Sandy bill.

    “Being from New York we’re not supposed to be suckers,” Mr. King told Politicker this morning. “It’s bad enough that these guys voted against it, that’s inexcusable enough. But to have the balls to come in and say, ‘We screwed you now make us president?’”

    Mr. King went on to urge Empire State donors to cut off Mr. Rubio and any other member of Congress who “threw a knife in the back in New York” by voting “no” on the bill.

    more here:
    http://politicker.com/2013/02/pete-king-cant-believe-rubio-has-the-balls-to-fundraise-in-new-york/

    • TyrenM

      In Method Man voice: Get him!

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

      *opens bag of Cool Ranch Doritos*

      I’m so enjoying this Repub-on-Repub verbal violence!

      *sips root beer*

  • isonprize

    h/t zizi over at TOD:

    So as usual we have to suffer through an extended bout of Flotus Derangement Syndrome this time with black feminists insisting that First Lady quit “fun media appearances” and do something “serious for girls education”.

    http://www.theroot.com/buzz/first-lady-needs-raise-her-game

    My blood boiled and here’s my comment:

    This is how dweebs like the writer of the piece display their gross ignorance. Have they bothered to follow the huge mentorship program the First Lady created for girls, their education & goal-setting, the very minute she walked into the White House? No. Did the writer know that FLOTUS assembled an army of accomplished women to mentor girls — a program that was inaugurated in February 2009 at the White House with grand flourish? No. Does the writer know that the First Lady invites various groups of girls to the White House to attend workshops especially before major events and state dinners,? No.

    The fact that the First lady does these activities outside the glare of lights does not mean that she is only indulging in fun media appearances. It is precisely because of her seriousness that she would not expose these still developing young women to the paparazzi klieg lights.

    These Robin Ghivan, Courtney Milloy types should spend less time complaining about the First Lady’s imaginary inattention to “serious matters” and get themselves some community work to do!

    • Alma98

      The Root needs to stop trying to tell FLOTUS how to run her life. They need to concentrate on cleaning up their comment section, it’s full of racists, ignorant trolls. Also why would FLOTUS take advice from people who have articles with titles like this “The Blackest white Folks We know”. GTFOOHWTBS!

    • goldenstar

      Are we sure that Courtney Milloy is an actual feminist?????

      • conlakappa

        I doubt he is. He is a 60something black man originally from Shreveport or somewhere thereabouts.

    • Daltex82

      ~insert eye roll here~

      It’s called research, theroot.com might want to do some before they accuse the First Lady of doing nothing but “fun media” appearances. I thought tackling childhood obesity, the Joining Forces initiative and various mentoring worshops were pretty important, guess I was wrong.

    • Admiral_Komack

      And if the First Lady did start talking about “serious issues”, those self-same assholes would complain about being talked down to.

      I think what the First Lady is doing is wonderful.

      • nathkatun7

        “I think what the First Lady is doing is wonderful.”

        I agree totally, Admiral! What could be more important than improving the health of our children? What could be more important than taking care of the men and women and their families (a great many of them Black folks) in the military? I wish all these black critics of the President and the First Lady would get off their behinds and go do something productive for their communities. I am sure that If they were doing positive things to improve the lives of Black folks they wouldn’t have that much time on their hands to bitch about FLOTUS and POTUS.

  • GN

    What a Black History Month this has been…

    • Miranda

      You ain’t lyin.

    • TyrenM

      Yes indeed. Thanks POU!
      History shouldn’t be a mystery. Our story is real history not his story!

      You Already Know (PE!)

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY TyrenM. ***BIG HUG*** :>) —

        – – -YES!!! – – – -ALL! OF! THIS! :>)
        – — – – -History shouldn’t be a mystery. Our story is real history not his story! — — – -STR8 GOOD! :>)

        THANK U. :>) Good 2 C U. TyrenM. :>) –

    • nellcote

      Could have done without the Fat Tony finale.

  • Ebogan63

    Where Were White Feminists Speaking Out For Quvenzhané Wallis?
    February 28, 2013 by Kirsten West Savali
    If there were ever any doubts that white feminists are disengaged from and apathetic to the concurrent racism that Black feminists must navigate in an increasingly hipster and kyriarchal society, look no further than their deafening silence when satirical website, The Onion, called 9-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis a “cunt” on Twitter.

    The arc of white feminist dialogue on social media in the wake of the barbaric, misogynistic tweet emerged as tepid awareness – maybe, possibly, there’s racism – before curving towards the indefensible position of their white, male counterparts – it’s just brilliant satire – before ultimately coming to rest at dismissal. The lack of concern that white feminists displayed for this little, brown girl could not have been more obvious even if they donned a head scarf and said a raspy, “Ain’t nobody got time for that!” before scurrying off to chide Oscar host Seth MacFarlane for his song about boobs or the Academy for only awarding 9 out of 30 awards to women.

    Because that’s all that’s important, right?

    http://www.clutchmagonline.com/2013/02/quvenzhane-wallis-white-feminism/

    • Miranda

      They went batshyt ballistic when Sandra Fluke was demeaned by Rush Limbaugh – but we see how they never stick up for FLOTUS. It shouldn’t surprise us that they really could give a damn about a child being insulted and degraded in order to make some bullshit satirical point by silly white guys.

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

        All we have is US.

    • GreenLadyHere

      HEEY Ebogan63. ***BIG HUG** :>)

      — —***fist bump*** – – –THIS: – -If there were ever any doubts that white feminists are disengaged from and apathetic to the concurrent racism that Black feminists must navigate in an increasingly hipster and kyriarchal society, look no further than their deafening silence when satirical website, The Onion, called 9-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis a “cunt” on Twitter.

      Annnnd —THIS INCREASES MY – – -WAITIN’4 – –LIST:

      – — ☻WAITIN’ 4 —the -BLAH JOURNOS/MEDIA [Some have spoken.]

      — –☻WAITIN’ 4 the –BLAH FEMINISTS. —-

      —- -☻WAITIN’ 4 MH-P – — -2 add some DEPTH 2 her show!! – –HERE”S a GOOD TOPIC!! – — –

      The FACT that WE[POU FAM♥] keeps postin’ this –DEMONSTRATES the DEPTH of OUR —IRE -annnnd–DISGUST – – –at that – –ABOMINABLE — DISGUSTING – —-statement —posin’ as “satire.” – –Aaaaaarrrrrgggg!

      NO HARM in continuin’. IMHO
      READERS WILL C HOW WE SUPPORT – –OUR BELOVED QUVENZHANE♥ — -BLESS her♥.

      Good 2 C U Ebogan63. :>) —

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- — Humph!- – – -The HIGHEST COURT of the LAND- – – -contains- – -soma the – –LOWEST LIFE –of the PLANET!!- – –

    – — -Why Scalia’s ‘Racial Entitlement’ Quote Is Even Scarier Than You Think- – – –

    – —-Justice Antonin Scalia quite deservedly came under fire yesterday for his claim that a key provision of the Voting Rights Act is a “perpetuation of racial entitlement.” If the justice were looking to confirm every suspicion that conservative opposition to the law that broke the back of Jim Crow voter exclusions is rooted in white racial resentment, he could hardly have picked a better way to do so.
    — -Viewed in context, however, Scalia’s quote is actually even more disturbing than the initial headlines suggested. Beyond whatever resentments Justice Scalia may hold, his “racial entitlements” statement was also part of a broader theory about the proper role of judges in society. And if that theory were taken seriously by a majority of the justices, it would potentially undermine Medicare, Social Security and countless other programs. According to Scalia:

    Whenever a society adopts racial entitlements, it is very difficult to get out of them through the normal political processes. I don’t think there is anything to be gained by any Senator to vote against continuation of this act.
    – —- -SNIP- – — –
    – – The irony in all this is that Scalia used to be one of the most articulate spokespeople for why judges should not strike down laws unless the Constitution’s text explicitly instructs them to do so. Just last year he denounced Roe v. Wade specifically because he does not believe that supporters of Roe “stick to the text” of the Constitution. Whatever the virtues of Roe, Scalia appears perfectly willing to abandon his rigid textualism when it comes time to strike down a law he personally disapproves of. I’ve read the Constitution many times, but I’ve never found a ban on what Scalia calls “racial entitlements.”

    THERE IS MORE- —— LOW LIFE!!!

    – ——-COMMENT:- -Doug Berger
    “Whatever the virtues of Roe, Scalia appears perfectly willing to abandon his rigid textualism when it comes time to strike down a law he personally disapproves of. ”

    And this is why Scalia is a hypocrite. In only cares about the text when it suits him just like the GOP complains about race baiting when it helps them.- – –TRUTH!!

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      It’s not scary and I’m not scared. Scalia has always thought that way.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY woody45. ***BIG HUG*** :>) — –

        — -***fist bump** – -:>) – —I was NOT confirmin’ the “scary”. –

        –IMHO: – – -He’s – -the -LOW LIFE in the HIGH COURT!! – –:>)

        Good 2 C U woody45. :>) – – -

        • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

          I know you weren’t GLH. That was a direct response to the writer of this article.

          • GreenLadyHere

            ***SMILES @-chu*** :>) –

  • GN

    @PaulBlu:
    I’m old enough to remember when the White House would out your CIA agent wife in retaliation instead sending obsequious e-mails.

    • Aquagranny911

      Caramba! I bet that stings!

    • isonprize

      DAMN.

    • GreenLadyHere

      HEEY GN. ***BIG HUG*** :>)- – —

      — -LOL – –***hands out the APPROPRIATE BAND AIDS*** :>) – —

      Good 1. :>) Good 2 C U GN. :>) – -

    • nathkatun7

      Bingo!

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- — — Jus’ ‘CAUSE- – — – SHE BAD!! –:>) – —

    – – — Rep. Pelosi Weekly Press Briefing- —

    – —-Thursday, February 28, 2013
    House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was joined by Democratic women members at her weekly briefing with the Capitol hill press.She discusses the automatic spending cuts scheduled to take place on Friday, how the cuts will affect women, and her meeting with the President and other hill leaders on Friday.
    - — -SPEEEEEAK!! —

    – — -Cain’T WAIT ’til she GETS her GAVEL BACK!! :>) — –

  • Aquagranny911

    Dang!!! You do keep taking me back with the music. I wish my old body could go there along with my heart & spirit! Loving this!

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- – —YES!—THIS is a – –GLOAT!!- — LOL- —

    – —–Paul Ryan Looked America In The Eye Today, and Completely Lied About the Sequester - —

    – —- -Rep. Paul Ryan went on CNBC today, looked straight into the camera, and completely lied about the sequester to the American people.

    On CNBC’s Squawk Box, Rep. Paul Ryan was asked if there is anything going on behind the scenes that could avert the sequester.

    Ryan answered, “As you know, the sequester was designed to force action to deal with the deficit and debt. We passed a bill 300 days ago to deal with this. As recently as December the Senate still hasn’t done anything. So I do expect the sequester to take effect, because the Senate hasn’t acted, the president is around the country campaigning instead of governing. So I think what you’ll see happen next week is we will pass an appropriations Measure that gives the administration more flexibility.”

    – – -THIS—- >What Ryan didn’t bother to mention was that the bill that the House passed 300 days ago is no longer valid because that action occurred in the previous Congress. In order to replace the sequester, the House would have to pass a new bill. The problem is that John Boehner won’t allow any sequester replacement bills to come to the House floor for a vote.
    THERE IS MORE.
    – – -COMMENT:- –djchefron(Moderator)
    His bill that he is so proud of. even faux call it a piece of toilet paper and thats an insult to toilet paper
    Fact Check: Ryan budget plan doesn’t actually slash the budget

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/...
    This is where we are at in this debacle.Lies, misinformation and propaganda from so called business channels.Goebbels would be proud

    — – –Bu- — -bu- – -BUT- — -He’s sooooo smart!- – –HAH!/NOT!!

    —[Gotta "hit da road"- - -C Ya soon. ♥ :>) -]

    • rikyrah

      if he didn’t lie, he wouldn’t know what to say when he opened his mouth

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEy rikyrah. ***BIG HUG** :>)

        —***fist bump*** :>) — Good 2 C U. :>)

    • nathkatun7

      Major blame should be on CNBC for giving him the platform and the megaphone to lie to the American people. I’ve said it before, but I will say it again, the greatest threat to this country is our unethical media!

  • creolechild

    WTH? This is not good news…

    Where does your food come from?: Changes are looming for food labels in this country – Posted February 2013

    When you buy meat, fish, or fresh vegetables, there’s usually a country-of-origin label—COOL, for short—that tells you where the food was grown or raised and processed. These labels help you make informed choices about the food you eat. Say there’s an outbreak of food contamination in a certain product from a certain country. A COOL label helps you steer clear of that product. Or if you prefer fruit from a certain country—perhaps blood oranges from Spain—the information is right there.

    In December 2012, the World Trade Organization told the U.S. Department of Agriculture that it’s fine for the United States to require retailers to label where meat comes from, adding that the U.S. rules were too complicated and expensive for other countries to comply. Now the Agriculture Department must decide whether to change the labeling rules, get rid of them, or, at the risk being penalized by the WTO, leave them as is.[....]

    Read more: http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/2013/02/where-does-your-food-come-from/index.htm

    H/T Consumer Reports

    • Aquagranny911

      Oh happy day………

      Now we can know just which country the ground up horse meat comes from! Not that I have any particular equine prejudice since I eat goat meat & most fast food burgers probably come from recent or maybe not so recent road kill, but….

      ….and just saying….

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – – – – – -Uhhhhhh – – — – -I’m, sorry!- – – -WHERE SHE/THEY BEEN – – -ALL THIS TIME???? – – —

    — –
    Democratic Congresswoman: Sequester Could Cause ‘Over 170 Million Jobs’ To Be Lost
    – —

    – – —On Thursday, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), flanked by her fellow Congressional Democrats, said during a press conference that the mandatory budget cuts contained within the sequester could cost the nation “170 million jobs.”

    Waters warned that even Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has called the sequestration cuts “a great setback” to the economic recovery.

    “We don’t need to be having something like sequestration that’s going to cause these job losses – over 170 million jobs that could be lost,” Waters said.

    She went on to warn that women, children, and homeless dependent on government welfare may suffer the most if the planned cuts in sequestration are enacted.

    Watch the clip below:

    ——LOL – –“We don’t need to be having something like sequestration that’s going to cause these job losses. . .– – -BWAHAHAHA!! – –WHA’??– –

    – – -OH! – – – -I REMEMBER: – – -SHE/THEY were on VACAY – – -annnd purchasin’ NEW — -SLIPPERS! LOL – – -***shakin’ my head****

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

      I think she meant 170 thousand not million. Still, glad to see she took off her slippers and unleashed herself upon the Repubs.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Sepia – — –Ooooo-kaaaaay. – -:>) – –PROPS given. :>)–

        –Guess “it” can B chalked up 2 “jet lag”. :>) – —

    • Guns3000

      Idiot

    • goldenstar

      Where has she been…seriously? Has she been in Congress?

      • GreenLadyHere

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

        – – -LOL – – -I ‘ON’T KNOW??_ — – REALLY. :>) —

        I heard some time ago that she was – -CIBCERNED ’bout RETAININ’ her — SEAT. Maybe she went into “campaign” mode. – —

        Annnd another THANG — -we haven’t heard from the – -FINANCE COMM. – — -which she –“chairs”. – – -hmmm :>) – —

        Good 2 C U — GOLDenstar. :>) – – -

        • nellcote

          we haven’t heard from the – -FINANCE COMM. – — -which she –“chairs”.
          ===
          actually she’s ranking member (higherst D since the Rs control the house) but that doesn’t mean she couldn’t hold hearings and make a big noise about it. But I guess she’s been busy doing whatever.

          • GreenLadyHere

            HEEY nellcote. ***BIG HUG*** :>) – —

            – –OOPS – —GOT IT: – :>)—-On Tuesday, House Democrats unanimously selected Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) to be the top Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee. – —-

            Annnd – — WHAT – –EXACTLY — HAS SHE DONE – — L8ly??? – –LOL —–

            – – –Good 2 C U nellcote. :>) – – -

      • nathkatun7

        Exactly! Waters and Conyers should have been out there supporting President Obama.

  • lamh36

    just found out that my nomadic, flighty, always broke completely inreliable sister has come into a large sum of nmoney via the state lotterry. I’m pretty sure I’m happy for her, but i am seriously burdened by envy. I am literally completely in shock and my head is just trippin!

    So please, I seriously need someone to let me know a good prayer to say to get the envy out of my heart I have right now.

    • edp4bho

      Hi lamh, POU. You’re entitled to feel that way. It’s human nature. You work hard and retain your independence. Who said life is fair, right? Don’t beat yourself up, and your envy will subside. Peace !!

    • rikyrah

      I think envy is natural…but, don’t dwell on it.

      I hate to be a Debbie Downer, but unless she’s had a turnaround, she’ll be back broke soon.

      I think you should speak up to her – about putting some money into a savings account for your mother. I’m sure your mother has helped her out more times that she can count…and now, yes, your mother could use the money in a rainy day fund.

      I hate to be a pessimist, but I’ve seen too many ‘ I won the lottery and now I’m broke again’ stories to have any optimism about your sister…at the very least, get some sort of cushion for your mother.

    • Miranda

      Its ok to feel that way, just be happy for her and don’t block your blessings by being too envious.______________________But if one of my siblings come into a large sum of money they BETTA break me off! As much as I’ve done for them over the years?!? Oh there will be not a happy holiday again if they don’t!

    • Town

      Don’t worry, she won’t have the money for long.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Dear lamh36. ***BIG comforting –HUG** :>) – –

      – – –U cannot beat yourself up behind –your feelings. :>) — -ANY of them. :>) – —Annd please don’t B upset ifff she doesn’t handle the $$ like you would —[ orrrr ifff she doesn't --- SHARE. ----like you would.] – – –C what I’m saying —She is NOT you –NOR YOU her. —

      –WHAT I’m going 2 do is 2 COMMEND U : – – –

      – — – -♥4 the HARD WORK that YOU do.
      ——- ♥4 the training that U went through in order 2 prepare U 4 your job. :>)—
      ——–♥4 the LOVE that YOU SHARE annnd SPREAD HERE.
      – – – – -♥4 SHARING YOU JOKES — -MUSIC —FAMILY, etc. with US. :>)
      —- – -♥4 BEING –OUR DEAR SWEET LAMH36. ***HUGS*** :>) —

      —B BLESSED. lamh36.♥ :>) —

    • Aquagranny911

      Dang, Lamh! I’ve never been in your particular situation but I can sure feel you.

    • morphus

      Saw this tweet and thought about you. Decided to share. Hope it helps.

      Dear Jesus, thank You for the corrections, seasons of hurt & lostness that you’ve allowed me to go thru just to grow me into who I am today!— Khamneithang Vaiphei (@Huithiang) March 1, 2013

  • jziglar

    This is another example of emo left white entitlement that we always talk about. This comment was from TPM on the Obama administration urging the SCOTUS to take down prop 8. I left a comment taking down this crap. I swear this president has done more for gays than any president and more change has happened in such a short period of time but to some it’s not good enough.

    “just another 1/2 measure. When will President Obama stand up for what’s right and declare that the right to marry is a FEDERAL Civil Right that extends to gay couples ACROSS THE NATION! Grow a pair and stand up for what you know is right, and what the younger generation expects – that the Constitution’s guarantee of Equal Protection under the Laws is a Federal issue first and foremost. With this brief, President Obama stands a half step on the wrong side of history. Just another half measure.”

    • Miranda

      The privilege reeks. This person has no interest in organizing, marching, working from the ground up through their rep or Senator..has no intentions of doing even the slightest bit of work or making the most tiny of sacrifices. SMH.

      • jziglar

        Another person left a comment and told him that the president can’t just declare rights. It has to go through the legislative process. Too many people in this country lack and understanding of how government works.

        Like you said it takes a lot of hard work and organizing which lead to years of effort to get Civil rights and rights for women. Obama is playing a long game just like health care. Unlike the emo left he is clearly thinking about the foundation he has set and how it will transform 20-30 years from now.

    • trose1

      I have decided my money and time will only be used for groups/people who are actively advocating for voting rights of Black people.
      The rest can go to hell.
      I am going to try and find your comment.

      • dannie22

        co-sign!!!

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY trose1♥ — -***BIG HUG*** :>) — – THANK U!! – —

        — DOUBLE –***BIG FIST BUMP**** –

        – -ANYBODY ELSE – – —GET YER OWN —mantras — annnd

        STOP trynta USE MR. PRESIDENT!! –STOP!! – – –

        Good 2 C U trose1. :>) – – –

    • Ebogan63

      What a dumb fuck! How in the fuck is having a brief to the Sup. Ct. striking down Prop. 8 a ‘half measure’? I am sick and fucking tired of these gotdayum privleged assholes and their stupid assed demands. Get your dumb ass to your Congress person, get them to pass a fucking law and THEN make your demands. Civics 101

      I swear if it wasn’t for OFA, I would be with Trose right about now. In fact I am moving closer to that position every damn day!

    • nellcote

      I’ve stopped reading comments at “news” sites. I end up not being able to tell is some commenters are emoprogs or right wing trolls since there’s rarely a difference. I don’t need the agravation.

    • GN

      They feel 100% entitled, and they have co-opted the language and meaning of the civil rights movement, which IMO they view as fertile land to be colonized, much as they view Pres O as a houseboy. It’s absolutely grotesque. The new civil rights movement my ass.

    • nathkatun7

      Whoever wrote this is a total idiot! “The right to marry” is not “a FEDERAL Civil Right….” As any one who is, or has been, married knows, marriage licenses are issued by States.Religious leaders conducting marriages routinely invoke the powers granted to them by such and such States to pronounce couples “husband and wife.” Consequently, It’s up to the Courts to decide if CA’s Prop. 8 violated the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment which applies to laws enacted by either the State governments or the Federal government.

      By the way, there is no such thing as a “FEDERAL Civil Right” until Congress enacts a statute, like the Civil Rights Act of 1964, that plainly mandates that. Once again, these ignorant haters of President Obama on the left sound like ignorant haters on the right. Instead of attacking the President, they should be focusing on either expanding the Civil Rights Acts to cover non-discrimination against same sex marriages, or they should be working on a stand alone Federal Statute that explicitly declares marriage to be “a FEDERAL Civil Right.” To pretend that It automatically exists is at best naive and at worst total delusion.

      Gay rights activist who are fond of invoking comparison between their plight and the plight of African Americans totally forget that there are explicit Acts of Congress that ban discrimination on the basis of race. For example: The Civil Rights Act of 1866, The Civil Rights Act of 1960, The Civil Rights Act of 1964 (and subsequent amendments) and the Voting Rights Act of 1964.

  • rikyrah

    Supreme Court Set to Resurrect Jim Crow

    By Bob Cesca · February 27,2013

    | 832 Views

    In early March of 1857, the Roger B. Taney Supreme Court handed down its infamous ruling on the Scott v. Sandford case, also known as the Dred Scott decision. The Supremes decided 7-2 that African American slaves weren’t citizens of the United States and therefore didn’t enjoy any constitutional protections. Easily one of the most racist actions in the history of the federal government, the Court also ruled that slave owners were protected by the personal property clause of the Fifth Amendment.

    Chief Justice Taney wrote: “[Dred Scott's petition] would give to persons of the negro race… the right to enter every other State whenever they pleased… to sojourn there as long as they pleased, to go where they pleased …the full liberty of speech in public and in private upon all subjects upon which its own citizens might speak; to hold public meetings upon political affairs, and to keep and carry arms wherever they went.”

    The horror! “Beings of an inferior order” (Taney’s phrase) running around with, you know, freedom. In other words, the Court wouldn’t allow African Americans to enjoy the rights and privileges of being free, constitutionally-protected citizens.

    Fast forward to today, nearly 156 years to the day following the Dred Scott decision. The Court heard arguments in the Shelby County v. Holder case which challenges the Voting Rights Act, specifically Section 5 mandating that certain states attain “preclearance” or approval from the Justice Department before enacting new election laws. The wisdom behind Section 5 is quite simply that certain states with significant histories of Jim Crow laws and disenfranchisement have forfeited the power to unilaterally pass voting legislation.

    And it looks like the Court might decide to strike it down at a time when the Republican Party at the state level has been actively passing what can only be described as neo-Jim Crow legislation.

    Unsurprisingly, Antonin Scalia resurrected Taney’s Dred Scott awfulness when he described the Voting Rights Act as the “perpetuation of racial entitlement.”

    Yes, he really said that. A sitting justice on the Supreme Court of 2013 said for the record that protecting a minority’s basic right to cast a ballot is an “entitlement.” Taney argued a similar point when he wrote about entitling “inferior” African Americans with constitutional freedoms, when in fact those freedoms are all fundamental human rights.

    “Whenever a society adopts racial entitlements, it is very difficult to get out of them through the normal political processes,” he said, as if it’s urgent that the states repeal laws that protect the voting rights of citizens who have very clearly suffered through and continue to suffer through electoral disenfranchisement.

    ………………………………

    Clearly they haven’t been paying attention.

    Around 10 states have made it prohibitively difficult for as many as five million Americans without adequate financial means to vote through an array of restrictive Voter ID laws that force citizens to attain a government issued photo identification card, often with a fee attached in addition to the loss of work and transportation costs associated with acquiring the ID. What we’ve observed over the last two years are Republican lawmakers who have passed multiple forms of legislation that force Americans to get an additional license from the government in order to vote — on top of the pre-existing voter registration process.

    ……………………..

    Republicans know full well that they won’t be able to survive unless they’re able to freely block the voting rights of an increasingly larger minority population. The Republicans are shameless that way. They simply don’t care how it looks — and besides, anyone who thinks what they’re up to is racist are racists themselves, or reverse racists, or whatever form of projection they feel like employing. Like Bush v. Gore before it, the Court is more than willing to irrevocably damage our electoral process by weakening one of the most important laws in American history.

    http://thedailybanter.com/2013/02/supreme-court-set-to-resurrect-jim-crow/

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – — —FOCUS on MR. PRESIDENT♥: — -Business Council Dinner Speech : – – -:>) – -[Spreadin' the Righteous Sequestration Message: --:>)]

    – – – -President Obama: Business Council Dinner Speech (Video) Feb. 27, 2013 – –

    ——-Watch live video and replay of President Barack Obama’s speech at the Business Council dinner on Weds. Feb. 27, 2013. At Park Hyatt Hotel, Washington, DC, he will also answer questions after delivering the address. Starting at 7:30 p.m. ET —:>) – – – –SPEAK TRUTH – -SIR. :>) – -

  • isonprize
  • isonprize

    Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning; they want the ocean without the roar of its many waters. The struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, or it may be both. But it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand; it never has and it never will.
    ~~~~ Frederick Douglass, 1857

    • Aquagranny911

      Gracias! Great share!

  • Miranda

    *Lord forgive me for my thoughts*Sheriff Joe Arpaio Breaks His Arm In Fall
    David Taintor 4:00 PM EST, Thursday February 28, 2013

    Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio fell and broke his arm on Thursday in Phoenix, the Arizona Republic reported. The 80-year-old Maricopa County sheriff was taken to a hospital by staff, the report said.

    • Aquagranny911

      Bless me Padre, for I have sinned…..

      I’m old & never know if this will be my last night on earth so I have zipped my lips or otherwise my key board on this particular issue.

  • lamh36

    I don’t know why, but somehow I got reminded how much I used to love Jimmy Smits!!! Am I the only one who thought Jimmy was mucho caliente???

    • nellcote

      Did you ever watch that show The West Wing when he ran for Prez? Erie comparison in many ways to PBO.

  • Miranda

    Jamie Dupree ‏@jamiedupree
    Rep Chaka Fattah D-PA: “From Woodward & Bernstein to Woodward & Hannity. What a unfortunate transformation”

  • GreenLadyHere

    – – –Gotta “bounce” — Board Meeting: :>) — -Natalie Cole – This will be – – -Woo! Hoo! —

    – — Back soon. :>) –

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – — –OF COURSE – – – –The CHARTS — SPEAK! :>) – — –

    – – –,<a href="miranda – – — -THIS PHOOL!! – — -Gon LOSE – -THIS 1!! – – -LOL – –

    – – – – – -Sean Hannity Launches Islamophobic Attack Against Keith Ellison – –

    —– -Conservative talk show host Sean Hannity launched an Islampophobic attack against Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) during his Fox News show on Thursday night, implying that the Muslim Congressman is a racist and an anti-Semite. The segment came just days after Ellison and Hannity engaged in a confrontational interview on Tuesday night. “We decided to take a closer look at the man who called me immoral and a liar,” Hannity began. “Now it didn’t take long to prove his hypocrisy, as his past reveals a host of radical connections primarily to Louis Farrakhan and The Nation of Islam.”

    –The Fox host dug up attacks from Ellison’s 2006 Congressional campaign, criticizing the Minnesota lawmaker for defending Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam in his law school newspaper from charges of anti-Semitism and appearing on stage with Farrakhan aide Khalid Muhammad. — Watch it:

    – —SNIP – – – –

    – – —After the accusations first surfaced in 2006, Ellison’s Jewish law school colleagues said that “they never got the impression that Ellison himself was anti-Semitic” and American Jewish World, the newspaper for Minnesota’s Jewish community, endorsed him. – – —
    THERE IS MORE. – – – — – – – – – -HE! – – -GON! – – – LOSE!! – – –

    – —-COMMENT: – – -Jackie Rawlings – –**FIST BIMB
    After poor ratings it seems Hannity had to do something to get the viewers attention. Ellis did a great smack down and Hannity was made to bee= seen for the fool he is. Look for O’Reilly to come up with something shocking and stupid next.

    – – — -WATCHIN’ – – – – –***shakin’ my head**** – —

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – – —The CHARTS – –SPEAK – – —

    — -Contrary To GOP Rhetoric, Low-Tax States Have Worse Economic Growth- –

    – – —–Republicans love to claim that low-tax states such as Texas enjoy a disproportionate amount of economic success, while higher-tax states like California are economic basket cases. Republican governors in several states are using that rationale to propose gutting their state income taxes (and, in many instances, replacing them with regressive sales taxes).

    But a new report from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy shows that so-called “high tax states” are actually experiencing more growth and less decline in income than states that are supposedly super-conducive to economic expansion:

    In reality, states that levy personal income taxes, including the states with the highest top rates, have seen more economic growth per capita and less decline in their median income level over the last ten years than the nine states that do not tax income. Unemployment rates have been nearly identical across states with and without income taxes.
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    – – ——In fact, it was the “high tax” states that did the best in terms of growth, as this chart shows:

    – – -COMMENT: – – -Jo Verneuille
    Come on, let’s face it, reality in general is “contrary to GOP rhetoric” these days.
    – -TRUTH!! – – –

  • GreenLadyHere

    – –YOUNG – – -GIFTED –annnd BLACK - – -:>) —

    – – -‘War Witch’ actress Rachel Mwanza journeys from the Congolese streets to the Oscars – –

    – – – – -The 2013 Academy Awards marked a milestone for 16-year-old actress Rachel Mwanza, a teenager pulled from the streets of the Congo to star in what would become the Oscar-nominated foreign film, War Witch. After living most of her life homeless in Kinshasa, Mwanza arrived to Hollywood’s grandest red carpet, dressed in a floor-length gown and posing for pictures, and proved to the world that life never loses potential.
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    “They told us to arrive early, so we arrived really early,” Mwanza tells theGrio through a French translator. “Actually, we were the first on the red carpet. So, it was so long. We took our time…We took pictures of every combination of people imaginable in front of the statues.”

    THERE IS MORE

    — -She had a hard life. HAPPY that she is NOW able 2 ENJOY a BETTER ONE. :>) – — BLESS U – – -Miss Rachel Mwanza♥. :>) PROUD of U. :>) – –