October 24, 2014

Thursday Afternoon Thread: A Family Affair

Enjoy the afternoon with these family hits!

The Jackson 5 – Enjoy Yourself

The Sylvers – Boogie Fever

The Jets – Crush On You

Brothers Johnson – Strawberry Letter 23

The Pointer Sisters – Automatic

The Jones Girls – You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else

m4s0n501
  • Alma98

    I’m so loving these music selections Miranda, I can remember where I was with each song. Mmmmm I had a mad crush on the Brothers Johnson lol.

    edit:Damn! The Silvers looked like a family reunion hahahaha.

    • AxelFoley

      The 70s and 80s had the best music.

      • Alma98

        So true!

  • crazycanuck

    First Lady will be at Hadiya Pendleton funeral

    • isonprize

      Not that I haven’t already lost pretty much all respect for Corny and Travesty, but if they have something sideways to say about this, I will consign them to the trash heap of history, never to cross my lips again. SERIOUSLY.

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

        Oh, don’t worry. Them and the whole Sole Patrol and Blacker Than Thou, Inc. crews will say something. They won’t be blatant; it’ll be some slick, sideways shade.

        • QOakaJP

          I remember after the president spoke about Trayvon Martin, some people were wondering out loud if TM would have gotten this much attention if he were dark-skinned. Seriously. Oh, and then there were the PL’s who snarkily replied, ‘well, if *I* had a son, he’d look like al-Awalaki’s son…Who Obama killed. With drones.’ Yup, they said PBO is no better than Zimmerman. Conservatives also mocked the “if I had a son” moment which, in a better world, would have been a powerful national moment of reflection.

          And I bring this up just to say don’t be surprised when the ugly rhetoric starts from some corner.

          • GN

            Obama Derangement Syndrome in its most disgusting and grotesque form.

            Grateful to the President and First Lady for expressing the entire country’s condolences to Hadiya’s family in such a respectful fashion.

    • dannie22
      • goldenstar

        Wow, Valerie Jarrett and Arne Duncan are all attending.

    • http://twitter.com/#!/JamilaJP QOakaJP

      I’m sure she’ll bring some comfort to the mourners there. I just hope this child’s funeral doesn’t turn into a media spectacle. Isn’t Jesse Jackson holding a march that day?

    • GreenLadyHere

      HEEY crazycanuck. ***BIG HUG*** :>) – – –

      – – —YES!! — – -Annnnd THIS NOW – -CALLS! STR8! – -OUT! —

      -ALL da – – —“HE ‘ON’T DO NUTHIN’ 4 BLAH FOLKS” – – –HATAS!!

      NOW let’s C —IFFFF —THEY SHOW UP!! – — HAH! –

      Annnd – —WILL da – — -BLAH Journos/Media —COVER annnnd PUBLISH!!???- – – -HAH!! – –

      — -EVA – -Sooo – – -WATCHIN’ – — –

      Good 2 C U cc. :>) :>) – –

  • crazycanuck

    Should I stop on my way home and pick up some snow storm comfort food? I don’t ususally eat fast food but…..

    I’m thinking swiss chalet

    • isonprize

      cc, how much snow are you expecting?

      • crazycanuck

        10 to 15 cm

        • Alma98

          We don’t do cm here we do inches lol.

          • crazycanuck

            sigh, you backward americans really lol. Hmm I think its about 7 to 10 inches?

          • Alma98

            hahahaha!

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

            You know you just set yourself up, right? LOL

          • Alma98

            LOL!

          • rikyrah

            LOL

            yep…rest of the world on metric, but not Americans…LOL

          • AxelFoley

            I’ma leave that one alone.

          • Alma98

            I knew you’d show up hahahaha. I know I set my self up. lol

    • Alma98

      That looks good.

      • Miranda

        SO what I was thinking!

    • MsKitty

      You gotta get some Tim Horton’s Maple Dipped donuts too, those are the business (LOL). As much as I like Dunkin Donuts, I would kick them to the curb if Tim’s ever opened stores here.

      • crazycanuck

        HaHa, Timmy’s is the best

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

        I heard Tim Horton’s was the bidness! I wish there was one near me.

      • AxelFoley

        They opened up a Tim’s at NAS Norfolk near the building I work in. I be hittin’ Horton’s up on the weekends when I work.

  • isonprize

    The afros, the AFROS, I love the righteous afros. Your fro HAD to be tight. And yes, the Brothers Johnson were FOINE!!

    Is it true that they have beef and no longer talk to each other? So sad…

    • Alma98

      I remember kids running around saying I want a silver fro lol. Yes the brothers had a falling out years ago. I don’t know if they’ve mended their relationship though.

    • TyrenM

      Yes. Black, Fro’d, Big-nosed Michael!

  • creolechild

    Murray: Senate Will Pass VAWA By Friday

    Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) told TPM on Thursday that final passage of the Violence Against Women Act is on deck for late afternoon or Friday morning at the latest. “I feel very confident that we will come out of today with a very strong bipartisan support for a very strong bill just as we have in the past,” she said.

    The Senate voted 85-8 earlier this week to move forward with the bill.

    http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/murray-senate-will-pass-vawa-by-friday?ref=fpb

    H/T Sahil Kapur

  • creolechild

    U.S. Corporations Haven’t Been Paying The Full Corporate Tax Rate For 45 Years

    In 2011, U.S. corporations paid a 12.1 percent effective corporate income tax rate, a 40-year low. The statutory corporate tax rate is 35 percent, but companies drive their rates fare lower due to the proliferation of loopholes and deductions and the growing use of offshore tax havens.[....]

    The corporate income tax is so riddled with holes that 26 major corporations paid nothing between 2008 and 2011, while making a collective $205 billion in profits. Democratic Sen. Carl Levin (MI) this week released a plan to raise $200 billion over ten years by closing corporate tax loopholes.

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2013/02/06/1552251/corporate-tax-45-years/

    H/T Sam Ro and Pat Garofalo

  • GreenLadyHere

    Good Afternoon miranda/POU FAM♥- — -***BIG HUG**- — – :>)- –

    – —ALRIGHTY!!- — -ALL GR8 SELECTIONS.!!- –

    I especially luv – -The JETS. :>)- –ENJOYED THEM –LIVE at a HIGH SCHOOL WHERE I was an ADMINISTRATOR.

    – —–An Office Assistant [student]– -said that THEY were his “cousins”. :>)
    Sooo — -he invited THEM 2 the SCHOOL — -2 give a FREE CONCERT!- – —
    THEY were sooo GOOD annnd sooo PERSONABLE. :>)

    Annnnnd I STR8 got an AUTOGRAPHED PIC. Annnnd I gave them mine. LOL —–J/K.- – –

    – – – —FOND MEMORIES. :>) – – -ThANKs miranda. :>)- -

    • dannie22

      whatever happened to the jets?

      • TyrenM

        I got it all…over him (Axel lol.)

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY dannie22. ***BIG HU G** :>)

        Thank U. – — – -FOUND THIS: – – –What Happened to The Music Group, The Jets?– –

        – –Good 2 C U dannie22. :>) – – –

    • dannie22

      whatever happened to the jets?

  • creolechild

    Police Stops Are Down; So Is Murder

    Last June, speaking at a church in Brooklyn, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said that the police had been cutting back on the number of people stopped, questioned and frisked. This marked the official beginning of the end of the world in New York. Crime was climbing, “and it’s almost certainly going to get worse,” The New York Post declared in an editorial on June 21. Criminals were reading newspapers and they knew that the police were getting pressured about the stops: “There’s no denying the connection between rising crime and politically driven attempts to handcuff the N.Y.P.D. instead of the criminals.”

    [....] And the streets ran with blood? Actually, no. New York in 2012 had the fewest recorded homicides in 50 years, 417, even with fewer police officers on the street and many fewer people being stopped and frisked. It has been a matter of dogma that the stops helped drive down murder in New York, but the record in 2012 calls that presumption into serious question. Cutting the number of stops has not, so far, led to more killings. That’s not surprising: most of the weight of the stops falls on innocent people. Nearly 90 percent of those stopped had done nothing wrong. Most were African-American or Latino.[....]

    Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/06/nyregion/police-stops-are-down-in-new-york-so-is-murder.html?_r=0

    H/T Jim Dwyer

    • Alma98

      I find this hard to believe.

  • creolechild

    Obama Maintains 5 Million Vote Lead As Election Results Keep Trickling In

    Election officials across the country continue to count ballots from the November presidential election, though President Obama has maintained a 5 million vote lead for some time, Bloomberg reports. Since the election, states have continued to issue amended vote totals, including Wednesday when New York added 8,000 votes to its totals.

    Bloomberg’s latest count stands at 65,907,124 votes for Obama and 60,931,731 for Mitt Romney.

    http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/obama-maintains-5-million-vote-lead-as-election

    H/T Pemy Levy

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

    BOOM.

    Michele Norris ‏@michele_norris
    @Flotus Michelle Obama will attend the Hadiya Pendleton funeral along with Valerie Jarrett @vj44 and Education Secretary @arneduncan

    But watch mofos STILL complain.

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

    BOOM.

    Michele Norris ‏@michele_norris
    @Flotus Michelle Obama will attend the Hadiya Pendleton funeral along with Valerie Jarrett @vj44 and Education Secretary @arneduncan

    But watch mofos STILL complain.

  • creolechild

    Feds: 18 Charged in $200 Million Global Credit Card Fraud

    [....] The elaborate scheme involved improving fake cardholders’ credit scores, allowing the scammers to borrow more money that they never repaid, investigators said. The U.S. attorney in Newark, Paul Fishman, described an intricate Jersey City-based con that began in 2007, operated in at least 28 states and wired money to Pakistan, India, the United Arab Emirates, Canada, Romania, China and Japan. The group used at least 7,000 fake identities to obtain more than 25,000 credit cards, Fishman said. Investigators documented $200 million in losses, but the figure could rise, he said.[....]

    Read more: http://www.dailyfinance.com/2013/02/06/global-credit-card-fraud-scam/

    H/T Associated Press

  • creolechild

    Recess Appointments: An Alternative History

    [....] By the C.R.S. count, 652 appointments by Presidents Reagan through Obama would have been blocked by those rules, because they came during breaks in Senate sessions or, even though they came during gaps between sessions, the actual vacancies did not occur in the gaps.

    In the Reagan years alone, the United States would have lacked ambassadors to Denmark, India, Israel, Morocco, Oman, Portugal and Saudi Arabia, a board of directors for Amtrak, representation at the U.N. General Assembly and hundreds of other appointees. In the first Bush administration, to name just two, Alan Greenspan’s recess appointment as chair of the Federal Reserve Board would have been unconstitutional, along with Lawrence Eagleburger’s as secretary of state.[....]

    Read more: http://takingnote.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/05/recess-appointments-a-counterfactual/

  • creolechild

    Three Things You Should Know On National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

    Today marks the 13th annual National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Begun in 2000 by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and grassroots public health organizations, National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day was launched as part of a widespread effort to curb the rate of HIV infection among black men and women through “education, testing, involvement, and treatment.”

    While it is well established that HIV/AIDS has had a devastating effect on people in developing nations — particularly India and much of the African continent — the epidemic has also been deadly for the United States’ black community. Here are three things to keep in mind about HIV/AIDS and black America today:[....]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/02/07/1553961/national-black-hiv-awareness/

    H/T Sy Mukherjee

  • rikyrah

    Exclusive: Obama considering MIT physicist Moniz for energy secretary – sources

    By Roberta Rampton and Jeff Mason

    WASHINGTON | Wed Feb 6, 2013 9:41pm EST

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama is considering naming nuclear physicist Ernest Moniz, one of his science and energy advisers, as the next energy secretary, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters on Wednesday.

    Moniz, who was undersecretary at the Energy Department during the Clinton administration, is a familiar figure on Capitol Hill, where he has often talked to lawmakers about how abundant supplies of U.S. natural gas will gradually replace coal as a source of electricity.

    Moniz is director of MIT’s Energy Initiative, a research group that gets funding from industry heavyweights including BP, Chevron, and Saudi Aramco for academic work on projects aimed at reducing climate-changing greenhouse gases.

    He did not respond to an e-mail request for comment on Wednesday evening.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/07/us-usa-cabinet-energy-idUSBRE91602H20130207

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

      He has a Frederick Douglass bob.

      • rikyrah

        really?

        • Alma98

          Yes he does.

          • AxelFoley

            HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

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

            And it’s laid like Madame CJ Walker. I bet he uses Vitapointe and sleeps in a stocking cap.

          • Alma98

            You’s a fool hahahaha!

      • Alma98

        Sepia you killing me with the Fredrick Douglas bob! LOL!

  • rikyrah

    What motivates opponents of the Violence Against Women Act

    By Steve Benen
    Thu Feb 7, 2013 9:54 AM EST.

    In all likelihood, the Senate will easily approve the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act today, and the vote will be rather lopsided. But it won’t be unanimous — last year, most Senate Republicans voted against it — and House Republicans remain deeply skeptical.

    The next question, of course, is why anyone in America would oppose the Violence Against Women Act in the first place. It’s not like there’s a powerful lobbying organization that supports domestic violence pressuring lawmakers to crush the law.

    But VAWA is facing well-organized opposition, and as Jillian Rayfield reported, it’s coming almost entirely from the religious right movement.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/02/07/16885233-what-motivates-opponents-of-the-violence-against-women-act?lite

  • rikyrah

    What the ‘cranks, haters and bigots’ believe
    By Steve Benen
    Thu Feb 7, 2013 12:40 PM EST.

    As Dick Morris and Sarah Palin find themselves without a cable-news home, and Karl Rove launches a controversial initiative to keep the most ridiculous Republicans from winning primaries, a subtle pattern seems to be emerging. Indeed, Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen reported overnight, “Republicans and Fox News are moving to purge the controversial political creatures they created.”

    One high-profile Republican strategist, who refused to be named in order to avoid inflaming the very segments of the party he wants to silence, said there is a deliberate effort by party leaders to “marginalize the cranks, haters and bigots — there’s a lot of underbrush that has to be cleaned out.”
    It led Jon Chait to raise an excellent point: “In order to purge a party of crankish and bigoted sentiments, you would need to identify what those sentiments are.”

    Quite right. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), for example, is labeled on the new cover of Time magazine as the Republican Party’s “savior.” It comes a day after his party tapped the young Floridian to give the GOP’s response to President Obama’s State of the Union address, and against the backdrop of assumptions that Rubio will seek national office at the next available opportunity.

    If there’s a party-wide initiative to clean out the party’s ugly “underbrush” and “marginalize the cranks, haters and bigots,” presumably it would be part of an effort to clear the way for rising-star leaders like Marco Rubio.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/02/07/16886649-what-the-cranks-haters-and-bigots-believe?lite

  • GOVCHRIS1988

    You better be lucky I’m not on the DC Schoolboard or else I’d tell this woman, “Ma’am, I reject your claim on this book because your son is a punkass bitch
    who don’t need to be in an Senior AP Course if he can’t read this without getting nightmares” I’m sorry, but thats how I feel.

    Fairfax County parent wants ‘Beloved’ banned from school system

    By T. Rees Shapiro, Thursday, February 7, 11:06 AM

    The book Laura Murphy wants removed from Fairfax County classrooms is considered a modern American classic. It is a Pulitzer Prize-winning bestseller and a masterpiece of fiction, whose author’s 1993 Nobel Prize in literature citation said she, “in novels characterized by visionary force and poetic import, gives life to an essential aspect of American reality.”

    But Toni Morrison’s “Beloved,” Murphy said, depicts scenes of bestiality, gang rape and an infant’s gruesome murder, content she believes could be too intense for teenage readers.

    “It’s not about the author or the awards,” said Murphy, a mother of four, whose eldest son had nightmares after reading “Beloved” for his senior year Advanced Placement English class. “It’s about the content.”

    Murphy, who has challenged “Beloved” and has asked the county school system to ban it, is awaiting a ruling from the school board this week after a six-month appeals process, during which members of the school board have been reading the novel to assess it. She argues that the book’s critical acclaim should not grant it blanket acceptance in school classrooms.

    The Murphy case presents complex questions to the Fairfax County School Board about constitutional rights, academic freedom and the preservation of childhood innocence. It’s mainly for those reasons that book challenges have been the subject of controversy for decades.

    The odds are stacked against Murphy, and she knows it. In certain cases, Fairfax County schools have limited books for distribution only to older students, but it has never banned a book outright. According to records, the school board has reviewed just 19 books since 1983.

    A Lake Braddock Secondary School Parent Teacher Student Association member, Murphy, 45, is seeking to ban “Beloved” until the school board adopts new policies for books assigned for class that may have objectionable material.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/fairfax-county-parent-wants-beloved-banned-from-school-system/2013/02/07/99521330-6bd1-11e2-ada0-5ca5fa7ebe79_story.html

    • Alma98

      This book is based on a true story, it’s slave history. I’m tired of people trying to downplay the horrors of slavery and the role their ancestors played in it. So to Laura Murphy I say get over it history ain’t pretty.

      • GOVCHRIS1988

        At least her child only had nightmares. You can wake up from a nightmare and then go and proceed into your own little white world. The folks that lived in those times only had dreams to keep them from feeling the sting of the living nightmares that they endured.

        • Alma98

          Amen GOVCHRIS amen!

          • GOVCHRIS1988

            I’m telling you, Alma. I WISH I was on that schoolboard, because I would tell that woman that if that book did give your child those nightmares, than that book did its job. It exposed your son to cold hard reality that people of color and especially black folks had to endure and continue to endure and that he should be so lucky that he only experiences that IN a nightmare.

          • Alma98

            This! It’s also the reason they’re always telling black folks to get over slavery, cause they can’t face it themselves. I’m proud as hell where I come from.

          • GOVCHRIS1988

            Not only that, but I would be pushing for this book to be read all throughout High School English classes.

    • ch555x

      That child would probably go into a coma with anything world history-related…LMAO!

    • PBomb

      The comments to that are articles are hilarious!!

      A couple of people mentioned that she was a helicopter parent or that they could hear the blades moving.

      Anyone know what that means?

      • Alma98

        Hovering over her children all the time not letting them be who they are. In other words she’s overbearing. lol

        • PBomb

          Thanks for the info!

    • Miranda

      THIS BOY WAS IN A SENIOR ADVANCED PLACEMENT ENGLISH CLASS!!!!!!!

      WTF!?!?! Did she think he should be reading Dr. Seuss??

      Warning to any female that dates this young man: His mama gonna get on your damn nerves.

      • Worldwatcher7

        “I wish you’d stop feeding Junior such spicy food. It’s giving him nightmares!”

    • qosine

      Nightmares – woke up his conscience – that’s what great lit does

  • AxelFoley

    Automatic is the joint! I heard it for the first time in like 20-some years late last year. I had forgot about that song. After listening to it for a while, I was like, “Oh, shit! I remember this song now!”

    It’s on my iTunes now.

  • rikyrah

    A political test emerges in Georgia

    By Steve Benen
    Thu Feb 7, 2013 2:27 PM EST.

    Rep. Paul Broun’s (R-Ga.) interest in running for the Senate was evident even before Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) announced his retirement. With the incumbent out of the way, the congressman’s announcement was only a matter of time.

    ………………………………………

    It’s hard to overstate just how unusual Paul Broun really is. Words like “crazy” and “extreme” are used with some frequency to describe politicians on the fringes of modern American thought, but even among the true cranks, Broun is a unique individual.

    Rachel noted many of the congressman’s greatest hits the other night, and the segment is well worth your time. Broun, for example, is perhaps best known for arguing that that cosmology, biology, and geology are, quite literally, “lies straight from the pit of Hell,” and that President Obama only believes in supporting “the Soviet constitution.”

    But we can keep going. Broun, an apparent Birther, believes cap-and-trade would kill people; the Affordable Care Act will dictate what kind of car Americans can drive; the health care reform effort reminds him of “Northern Aggression”; and that he considers President Obama to be a Hitler-like figure intent on establishing a Gestapo-like security force to impose a Marxist dictatorship on Americans.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/02/07/16887477-a-political-test-emerges-in-georgia?lite

    • Miranda

      If Rep. John Barrow runs, he’ll win. He’s a very conservative Democrat. He would only support the President’s agenda about 30% of the time, but that’s 100% more than what we have now.

  • rikyrah

    Fear of (and for) the youth vote in Indiana

    By Laura Conaway
    Thu Feb 7, 2013 1:34 PM EST

    A Republican lawmaker in Indiana is pushing a bill that would ban students who pay out-of-state tuition from registering to vote where they go to college. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1979 that students have the right to do that, but an Indiana House committee debated the bill yesterday anyhow.

    Check out this one account of how difficult it can be to qualify for in-state tuition — and by extension, under this bill, the right to vote. From the Indianapolis Star:

    ………………………………………………………………

    Indy Star reporter Mary Beth Schneider tweeted from the hearing yesterday that the bill’s sponsor didn’t realize that private colleges don’t charge out-of-state tuition and said she would work on fixing that part of the bill. The sponsor also intends to amend the bill to make it constitutional — which, given that its fundamental premise is unconstitutional, will be something to see.

    (AP image: Lining up to vote at Purdue in November. Forty-two percent of Purdue students could not vote there under the new bill.)

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/02/07/16886957-fear-of-and-for-the-youth-vote-in-indiana?lite

    • Miranda

      The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1979 that students have the right to do that, but an Indiana House committee debated the bill yesterday anyhow.
      ____________________________

      You can’t reason with toddlers and fools.

    • qosine

      Oh, Mitch Daniels (former IN GOV and Bush OMB) is now president of Purdue. Hmmmm

  • rikyrah

    PA: Hates Governor, Supports Gun Control

    by BooMan
    Thu Feb 7th, 2013 at 11:16:23 AM EST

    The new Franklin & Marshall College Poll shows that people hate Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett and would like to see him tarred and feathered. They also favor universal background checks for gun purchases (94%), banning high-capacity magazines (61%), banning assault weapons (61%), and limiting handgun purchases to one per month (61%).
    Now, Pennsylvania is correctly viewed as a blue state, but it is a very culturally conservative state with a huge hunting population. It is not some liberal outlier where people are not familiar with firearms. It’s true that the numbers are skewed a bit by Philadelphia and it suburbs, but I don’t think the gun numbers would be much different in a state like Missouri.

    In any case, I’m convinced that Corbett will lose his bid for reelection completely irrespective of his opponent. He’s proven that he’s a loser. I can’t wait for election day.

    http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2013/2/7/111623/6003

  • rikyrah

    I HAVE NEVER SEEN SOMEONE FROM THE CBC ON TV TALKING ABOUT THIS.

    ……………………………

    From Balloon Juice:
    Going Postal On The Mofo
    By Zandar February 6th, 2013
    Last call for Saturday mail, folks.

    Let’s recall why the USPS is struggling: because Republicans in Congress forced the agency to pay their retiree health care costs decades down the road up front in 2006, then refused to give them the money to do that. As a result, the USPS made massive workforce cuts and forced thousands into early retirement, which of course means the USPS has to pay those health care benefits up front, putting them into a death spiral.

    Also, let’s remember who lost the roughly 160,000 jobs since the PAEA was passed: middle-class civil service workers, a disproportionate amount of them African-American.

    African-Americans make up about 20 percent of U.S. Postal Service workers – and are the majority in some urban centers, representing 75 percent to 80 percent of the 5,000 letter carriers in the Chicago area, according to Mack Julion, president of the Chicago branch of the National Association of Letter Carriers.

    But the public sector has cut nearly 600,000 jobs since 2009, due to shrinking government budgets and a range of other issues, according to the Bureau of Labor Relations. The slower recovery for African-Americans in the labor market has, in part, been the result of government layoffs after the end of the recession was declared, according to the DOL report. In December, the black unemployment rate was 14 percent, roughly double that of whites.

    While some other sectors of the economy are seeing recovery, the biggest problems may be just beginning for the Post Office, the nation’s second-largest civilian employer after Wal-Mart with about 536,000 career workers.

    Death spiral accomplished, right? There’s a reason why the Postal Service was targeted folks, it was a source of tens of thousands of middle-class jobs, especially for minorities. Since We Can’t Have Nice Things, the PAEA was passed and BLAMMO, a recession coupled with structural failure in the Postal Service all but guaranteed a massive loss of jobs. And the USPS still has another 4 years to go to pay off the $22 billion or so it has left to pay off, thanks to Dubya. On top of all this, there are plenty of folks who keep saying the only way to save the USPS is to privatize the mail system completely.

    Ed Schultz has consistently beat the drum about this…

    • Ebogan63

      “…The slower recovery for African-Americans in the labor market has, in part, been the result of government layoffs after the end of the recession was declared, according to the DOL report.”

      CBC still has they slippers on. Proves what POU has been saying since jump.

  • rikyrah

    the afternoon music jams have been wonderful

  • Alma98

    Damn! The LA police are off chain, they’re shooting everything that moves. How the hell you shoot two Asian women when you’re looking for a black man. They must be scared shitless.
    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2013/02/ex-cop-manhunt-newspaper-delivery-women-shot.html

    • Tafr

      Did you see how many bullet holes they put in that truck? Bottom line this man is not making it out of Cali alive. The LAPD could give a damn who they hurt or kill in order to get this man. Now I do not agree with this man killing folks but it seems he got pushed over the edge. I read his manifesto I believe every word of it. The media is talking about the hit list but not talking about the racism and allegations against the LAPD.

      • AxelFoley

        Yup, he might as well go out in a blaze of glory, because LA po-po is gonna shoot first and then shoot again.

        It’d be like Young Guns in SoCal.

      • Alma98

        It looks like they just rolled up on them, shot them up and asked questions later. I also believe it too, I believe they covered up for the person he filed a complaint against. There needs to be an investigation into the whole story. And it needs to be done by an independent body. Somebody on another site said now the LAPD knows how it feels to be hunted. There’s definitely more to this than him just going off. It’s been going on for a few years.

        • Tafr

          The thing is the gunman has done all the work for anyone wanting to investigate. The manifesto was detailed and very clear. There were dates, names,everything was pretty clear. What we have here is a man that took so much shit and racism that he just went over the cliff. Yup the LAPD is being hunted must suck for them to be on the other end. As the gunman said nothing has changed since Furhman and Rodney King and I believe him.

          • MsKitty

            I’m reading it now. He’s going all in, leaving no stone unturned. It’s chilling how he’s talking about all the crap that went on with LAPD, and how he plans on taking out the officers. Needless to say in the middle of all that I wasn’t expecting the compliment on FLOTUS’ bangs (he likes them).

          • AxelFoley

            Watch after all this is done and the media asks “Why?”, all the shit the LAPD has done will be swept under the rug again.

    • Town

      Ok, how are you looking for a Nissan Titan but end up shooting a TOYOTA TACOMA?

      • Alma98

        Trigger happy and scared shitless.

      • AxelFoley

        All Japanese cars look alike to them.

    • itgurl_29

      RIP to all the innocent lives that have been taken. But as for the LAPD, the chickens have come home to roost.

  • lockewasright

    The Allman Brothers Band

    Duane Allman passed away making Gregg the only Allman Brother still in the band, but founding member and drummer Butch Trucks is co-lead guitarist Derek Trucks’ uncle, so it’s STILL a family affair.

    This here is getting down!

    • sagittarius

      Gregg Allman is a fabulous musician. I dig the Allman Brothers Band.

      • lockewasright

        They’re my favorite band. I hope that you got a chance to enjoy the video. They even had a brass section for the performance. The bass solo toward the end is ridiculous!

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- — A COUPLA WORDS from – -NERDY WONKA: -:>) —

    – —-☻Nerdy Wonka ‏@NerdyWonka
    Pres. Obama on the economy: “I’m prepared, eager and anxious to do a big deal; a big package that ends this governance by crisis.”

    – – –☻Nerdy Wonka ‏@NerdyWonka
    Pres. Obama previews his SOTU: Will focus on education, deficits, economy, equality, etc. #HouseDemRetreat

    – –☻Nerdy Wonka ‏@NerdyWonka
    Pres. Obama: “I love Nancy Pelosi. Give her a round of applause. Love Nancy! Also, she just generates good looking grand babies.”

    —- -☻Nerdy Wonka ‏@NerdyWonka
    Chuck Todd proves Pres. Obama’s point of nitwit pundits who never search for substance and are only interested in gossip. Congrats @MSNBC.b

    – — -☻Nerdy Wonka ‏@NerdyWonka
    The White Paper on drones that the media is whining about mirrors the speech Atty. Gen. Holder gave in March 2012. We have a stupid media.
    - -LOL- – –

    MORE L8! :>)

  • GN

    h/t POU twitter feed.

    @chrislhayes
    Should the President appear as a guest on @upwithchris I can safely guarantee the questions will be “substantive” http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/281739-white-house-daily-show-more-substantive-than-other-media-outlets

    He should be a comedian because I’m laughing thoroughly at emos thinking they’re “substantive.” Hahahahahahahahaha

    • Alma98

      NO! He sure thinks highly himself. LOL

      • Daltex82

        I really do believe that he, Rachel and Klein believe that they are smarter or at least as smart as President Obama, it’s laughable really.

        • GN

          Yup. And it’s funny because modest as he is, President Obama is actually much smarter than either of them IMO. My brother is on that level of intelligence, yet is super-duper modest and generous like PBO.

    • jziglar

      No because he is not substantive and he is part of the media problem.
      Also Ron Wyden can go to hell with his lies and false equivalency. I don’t care if an American who was a terrorist was killed. Most Americans don’t have sympathy for people who declare that they will kill Americans.

      • Alma98

        I’ll take Hayes and cochorts seriously when, they start reporting on young children of color being handcuffed,tazed and intimidated by the police. Until then they can STFU!

      • Ebogan63

        Folks like Wyden and others in Cong. are too chickenshit to end the policy, so they make PBO the fall guy

    • Miranda
    • Daltex82

      The President does not have time for Chris’ little Up with Nonsense.

    • qosine

      LOL LOL LOL — little emo squeaks

      • GN

        “Pay attention to meeeeeeeee!” Chris, sit down.

    • dannie22

      https://twitter.com/TheToast2013/status/293016200013836290/photo/1 i think this tweet from the toast pretty much sums it up

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

    via ABL:

    ..Nonetheless, I want to make one thing clear: I don’t take seriously anyone writing, tweeting, or complaining drone strikes or the killing of al-Awlaki until they read the due process clause (there’s one in the 5th and one in the 14th Amendment) and understand due process jurisprudence, even at a layperson’s level.

    Due process applies to persons subject to the United States’s jurisdiction.

    PERSONS.

    Not “citizens.” Not “Americans.”

    PERSONS.

    If you want to talk about the appropriateness of secret wars, or the tragedy that is killing innocent bystanders in this seemingly endless war, or what our foreign policy should look like in a world where we’ve decided to fight a war on a concept (terror) rather than a nation-state, then let’s talk about that.

    But for fuck’s sake, stop keening about “the targeted assassination of American citizens without due process, far from any battlefield.”

    That statement has zero constitutional basis. It doesn’t matter that al-Awlaki or his son were American citizens.

    MORE: http://sulia.com/channel/all-politics-causes/f/570dab71-b0af-4542-b064-4a951da97678/

  • crazycanuck

    Well this says it all doesn’t it

    Black Chuck Todd ‏@BlackChuckTodd

    So George Zimmerman gets to decide if a American can be killed but Obama can’t? #CIA

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

    Legendary Jazz Musician Donald Byrd Dead At 80 Years Old
    by Alvin aqua Blanco (@aqua174) February 7, 2013, 15:51pm

    This is a sad for Jazz music and Hip-Hop music. The legendary trumpeter Donald Byrd passed away on February 4, but his nephew confirmed his death today.

    Amoeba reports that Byrd’s nephew, musician Alex Bugnon, took to Facebook to confirm the rumors of death, which had been circulating for several days. “I have no more patience for this unnecessary shroud of secrecy placed over his death by certain members of his immediate family,” read Bugnon’s post.

    Byrd’s influence on Hip-Hop is indelible. Name a legendary Hip-Hop producer, and he more than likely sampled a Donald Byrd record or at least made sure to have several in their library. Large Professor flipped Byrd’s “Think Twice” for Main Source’s hit “Looking At The Front Door” and so did Q-Tip/A Tribe Called Quest for “Footprints.” Take a trip to WhoSampled.com and you’ll see heavy rap productions names like Evil Dee, Pete Rock and the late J. Dilla that liberally swiped Byrd grooves.

    Read more at http://hiphopwired.com/2013/02/07/legendary-jazz-musician-donald-byrd-dead-at-80-years-old/#rFZYs8kUGHHdag5Z.99

    “Looking At The Front Door” is my jam!

    RIP Mr. Byrd

    • Ebogan63

      A great loss for both genres. RIP Mr. Byrd.

    • MsKitty

      RIP

    • Alma98

      Love him so much RIP Mr. Bryd.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda—–Good JUDICIAL NEWS.- — —

    —- -Phylicia Barnes case: Michael Johnson found guilty of 2nd-degree murder - —

    – — – On Wednesday jurors found Michael Johnson guilty of second-degree murder in the December 2010 death of Phylicia Barnes.

    Barnes was from North Carolina, but was visiting family in Baltimore for the holidays when she went missing shortly before her 17th birthday. The teen’s body was found months after her disappearance, in the Susquehanna River, in April of 2011.

    Police did not make an arrest until April of 2012, when they took Michael Johnson into custody in connection with Barnes’ murder.

    Following yesterday’s conviction, Barnes’ mother told WBAL: “The elephant took one of his feet off my chest, so I can breathe a little bit now.”

    “Justice has been served as we’ve been fighting for the last almost two-and-a-half years. Justice has been served for my daughter. This is a bittersweet day,” Barnes’ father, Russell Barnes, told WBAL. ”This should’ve never happened. It’s torn up three families from one person’s act.”
    THERE IS MORE.

    – —–PRAYERS ANSWERED. —Praise the LORD.- –RIHEP- -Ms. PHYLICIA.-

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

    —-[Gotta "hit da road" C U SOON.♥]- —

  • MsKitty

    Ha ha

    pourmecoffee ‏@pourmecoffee
    Blizzard coming. Everyone should make sure phone is charged with Cory Booker app open in case of emergency.

    • qosine

      LOL

    • Miranda

      LOL!!

    • rikyrah

      LMAO

  • qosine

    Rubio 0 vs. Brennan 100

    • MsKitty

      No doubt this will kill some of the momentum about how super-duper awesome Marco’s SOTU response is gonna be.

      • qosine

        Rubio doesn’t have a chance – lol.

        • AxelFoley

          LOL, and Rubio is supposed to do the GOP response to PBO’s State of the Union address on Tuesday.

          • qosine

            Jindal II

          • Miranda

          • qosine

            He was so horrible – lol

  • goldenstar

    Brennan is proving his mettle to these members of the Senate Intelligence Committee. WOW. He is making Rubio WORK. And, I’m not sure just what Levin is trying to prove but his points were lost from the beginning of his time.

    • qosine

      I love Brennan’s face when he’s listening/answering Rubio.
      Bam! Rubio down!!

    • Miranda

      So Brennan came with his “I aint skurred of you mutha****s* ” huh?

      • goldenstar

        Yes! I have not seen too much of this guy except for still photographs of him and the President. He. does. not. take. b.s. easily.

      • rikyrah

        LOL

  • Miranda

    Evening thread is up!

  • GreenLadyHere

    –miranda – — -HE’S IN!! – – -Woo! Hoo! – – –

    – — — -Cowan sworn in as Massachusetts’ newest senator – — –

    -SO! HELP HIM GOD! :>) – — -CONGRATULATIONS!! :>) – – –

    THANK U — GOV. DUVAL PATRICK! —THANK U – -VP BIDEN. :>) – -

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda — — -Uhhh – –Can we INCLUDE – – – -these “brothers” ? – – –

    – — ☻ -The Doobie Brothers – Listen To The Music – –:>) SAAANG!! — –

    Annnnd THESE: – -☻ -Righteous Bros: (You’re My) Soul and Inspiration- -SAAAANG! :>) -

  • Camille

    Dana Milbank: Ultimate racist, slimy, narcissistic, jealous, twisted jerk and first class hack.

    Yeah, Chris Christie is just wonderfully “candid” and everyone “loves” him for it and his morbid obesity is an “asset” which he has handled “wonderfully”.

    That Obama on the other hand, no double standards here, but he cannot get away with being even half as “candid” as big bear Christie. Never. Dana Milbank will make sure of that.

    “Candor” and insulting constituents and random others – that’s strictly reserved for politicians from New York and New Jersey.

    Sorry Obama doesn’t fall into that category. He falls into Dana Milbank’s other specially created category: uppity black man who dared to rise above his station. And Dana Milbank intends to make that black guy pay every day.

    And by the way, Dana Milbank does not really want to talk about lovable Chris Christie’s weight which is not a problem but an asset per Milbank-

    But Dana Milbank is certain, absolutely certain that Obama is still sneaking smokes. That weak, weak, indisciplined Obama! He could never be half the disciplined, strong-willed man big bear Christie is.

    Here’s your media at work folks!!

    • rikyrah

      tell it.