October 24, 2014

Thursday Afternoon Thread: Happy Valentine’s Day!

I’ve been in the vaults all night picking out just the right old-school tunes for the day! Enjoy!

 Debra Laws feat Ronnie Laws – Very Special

Norman Conners feat Jean Carne and Michael Henderson – Valentine Love 

Barry White – My First, My Last, My Everything

O’Bryan – Lady I Love You

Atlantic Starr – All In The Name Of Love

Oh yes I did!! This is the CUT!

Luther Ingram – If Loving You Is Wrong (I Don’t Wanna Be Right)

m4s0n501
  • Alma98

    OOOH these are some jams right here! I workout to Barry’s Your’e My First, My Last, My Everything.

    • Ebogan63

      Barry White takes me to back in the day, when the ladies would all want the bruthas to ‘beg like Barry White’ LOL :)

      • Alma98

        LOL!

      • TyrenM

        Sho ya right.

  • creolechild

    Happy Heart Day POU! (:

    NBA Player Royce White: Mental Health Revolutionary

    [....] For months, the 21-year-old has been sitting out the season in protest: a rebel with a cause. White has been battling the Rockets over how they would deal with issues surrounding his mental health. The first-round draft-pick has an anxiety disorder that affects how he handles everything from flying to practices. He has made it clear amidst an avalanche of criticism that his mental health is more important than his contract or career.

    Throughout this difficult fall, White has become a crusader for change, calling out not just the NBA for disregarding mental illness and treating him like “a commodity” but also the fans that have sent him “hundreds” of violent and especially homophobic threats. White isn’t gay, but apparently, for some, caring about your mental health is the equivalent.

    Until a recent interview however, it wasn’t clear just how politically thoughtful, serious and even revolutionary an athlete we have in Royce White. For White, this isn’t just about his struggle or changing how NBA teams treat mental illness. It’s about something far greater.[....] White said that the question we are scared to ask in the United States is, “How many people don’t have a mental illness?” Klosterman responded, “Why wouldn’t we want to talk about that?”

    White’s reply is one for the ages:[....]

    Read more: http://www.thenation.com/blog/172906/nba-player-royce-white-mental-health-revolutionary

    H/T David Zirin

    • qosine

      This is SO important – thank you, Royce White. No telling how
      many lives will be saved by your speaking up for yourself. -

      • conlakappa

        It is good for him highlighting the issue. I remember Kendall Gill suffering with mental-health issues as well but it wasn’t addressed in any full way.

  • rikyrah

    Obama ‘expects’ to see Pelosi as Speaker again

    By Steve Benen
    Thu Feb 14, 2013 9:56 AM EST

    It was largely heard behind the scenes, but there was a fair amount criticism among Democratic congressional candidates in 2012 that President Obama was focused too much on his election prospects, and not enough on theirs. The concerns were not without merit — though Democrats fared quite well anyway, Obama and his team spent the year largely ignoring down-ballot races.

    Looking ahead, the president has very different plans for 2014. Obama no longer has to worry about his own re-election, and he intends to take a keen interest in congressional races.

    President Barack Obama has agreed to do more than just raise money for House Democrats’ effort to win back the majority in 2014: He is also going to help with candidate recruitment.

    Obama will headline eight fundraising events in 2013 for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and more fundraisers are planned for 2014. But Obama’s agreement to help DCCC Chairman Steve Israel of New York make the sell to would-be candidates in targeted districts is also significant.

    “It’s transformational,” Israel said in an interview, adding that House Democrats are “firing on all cylinders like I’ve never seen before.”

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/02/14/16961823-obama-expects-to-see-pelosi-as-speaker-again?lite

    • goldenstar

      Yep, I’m sure those criticisms were behind-the-scenes and beyond the view of the White House. Some of these very folks spent a lot of time running away from the President during their elections and he won big. Now they wanna cry about the lack of support from him.

      Puleez.

      • qosine

        There’s not a damned thing PBO doesn’t have a hand on. All these emos know they don’t and never will have what PBO and the First Lady have – love. (I have never said that about US president or his family before) -

      • GN

        The concerns were not without merit — though Democrats fared quite well anyway…

        + with PBO on the ticket, he was going to bring people in on his coattails, which is exactly what happened, both in 2008 and 2012. I don’t even understand the point of that complaint.

        • AxelFoley

          Exactly. The GOP ran against PBO in 2010, but that’s easy to do when he’s not on the ballot. PBO on the ballot means the GOP catching a beatdown, as we saw in 2008 and 2012.

      • AxelFoley

        Thank you. These the same assholes who voted for the ACA in 2009, but ran against it in 2010 and paid the price for it. They gave the House to the GOP.

        Fuck ‘em.

    • AxelFoley

      “It was largely heard behind the scenes, but there was a fair amount criticism among Democratic congressional candidates in 2012 that President Obama was focused too much on his election prospects, and not enough on theirs.”

      LOLOLOLOLOL

      The fuckin’ gall of these whiny fucks. Damn right he should be more concerned about his re-election over theirs. These same assholes kneecap him every chance they get and expect him to cater to them?

      GTFOHWTBS

      • Admiral_Komack

        Why should he be concerned about them?
        They will Shaft him any chance they get
        (“He’s weak!
        Why isn’t he more like Shaft/Dolomite/Superman/Aquaman…wa, wa, wa, wa!”).

  • creolechild
  • QOakaJP

    Afternoon POU.

    On my way out to door, had to post this gif (h/t Wonkette):

    http://img.wonkette.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/teeny-tiny.gif

    • Miranda

      HA!!

    • isonprize

      THAT is hilarious!

    • GN

      lmao!

    • AxelFoley

      I’M. DONE.

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  • rikyrah

    What ‘Friends of Hamas’ and ACORN have in common
    By Steve Benen
    Thu Feb 14, 2013 1:57 PM EST.

    From time to time, we’ll still hear Republicans complaining about ACORN, which always strikes me as odd — ACORN doesn’t exist. The organization closed its doors years ago, and is literally incapable of doing whatever it is the right thinks it’s doing.

    As it happens, fearing the efforts of groups that are both nefarious and imaginary is spreading. Dave Weigel published this gem today

    On February 7, Breitbart News’s Editor-at-Large Ben Shapiro published an explosive-looking story under the headline “Secret Hagel Donor? White House Ducks Question on ‘Friends of Hamas.'” Quoting “Senate sources,” Shapiro claimed that crucial documents on Hagel’s “foreign funding” might be kept from the Senate Armed Services Committe because “one of the names listed is a group purportedly called “Friends of Hamas.”

    It was a short item, three paragraphs, the third paragraph consisting of White House assistant communications director Eric Schultz blowing off Shapiro. It caught fire on the right in no time.

    ……………………………………………

    The problem, as you might have surmised, is that “there’s no proof that ‘Friends of Hamas’ actually exists.” As Weigel explained, “The Treasury Department, which designates sponsors of terror, has done so to many charities tied to Hamas. ‘Friends of Hamas’ is not among them. The State Department doesn’t designate it, either. And a bit less holistically, a Lexis search for the group reveals absolutely nothing.”

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/02/14/16964001-what-friends-of-hamas-and-acorn-have-in-common?lite

  • creolechild

    Jobless Claims in U.S. Fell More Than Forecast Last Week

    Claims for jobless benefits plunged last week, showing U.S. employers have little need to trim staff as demand improves. Applications for unemployment insurance payments decreased by 27,000 to 341,000 in the week ended Feb. 9, fewer than any of the 49 economists surveyed by Bloomberg projected, according to Labor Department data issued today in Washington. Another report showed consumer sentiment last week climbed to the highest level in a month.[....]

    Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-02-14/jobless-claims-in-u-s-decreased-more-than-forecast-last-week.html

    H/T Shobhana Chandra

  • rikyrah

    A lot of cooks in the GOP’s kitchen
    By Steve Benen

    Thu Feb 14, 2013 12:33 PM EST

    We talked recently about House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s (R-Va.) rebranding initiative, which is his fourth such effort in the last four years. Apparently, he’s going to have some company.

    When Cantor launched his first rebranding effort in 2009, it was through an entity called the National Council for a New America. What’s been largely forgotten is that it wasn’t alone — after Republicans’ electoral failures in 2008, all kinds of rebranding groups popped up to also help improve the party’s image.

    Remember organizational powerhouses like Rebuild The Party, the Center for Republican Renewal, Renewing American Leadership, and Resurgent Republic? No? Well, that’s because they all came and went fairly quickly, just as the National Council for a New America did.

    As it happens, it appears history is repeating itself. In the wake of another national cycle in which the GOP struggled, Cantor has a new rebranding initiative, and once again, he’s not the only one.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/02/14/16963297-a-lot-of-cooks-in-the-gops-kitchen?lite

  • rikyrah

    Stay classy, FreedomWorks

    By Steve Benen
    Thu Feb 14, 2013 11:54 AM EST.

    FreedomWorks, a far-right activist group and super PAC, has been the subject of considerable controversy in recent months. As the Tea Party organization struggles through an ugly, internal staff shake-up, including the ouster of former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, Mother Jones’ David Corn has uncovered all kinds of ugly details about FreedomWorks’ antics.

    But nothing quite as ugly as this.

    An internal investigation of FreedomWorks—the prominent conservative advocacy group and super-PAC—has focused on presidentMatt Kibbe’s management of the organization, his use of its resources, and a controversial book deal he signed, according to former FreedomWorks officials who have met with the private lawyers conducting the probe.

    One potential topic for the inquiry is a promotional video produced last year under the supervision of Adam Brandon, executive vice president of the group and a Kibbe loyalist. The video included a scene in which a female intern wearing a panda suit simulates performing oral sex on Hillary Clinton.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/02/14/16962932-stay-classy-freedomworks?lite

    • Alma98

      This is some sick & twisted ish from people who constantly throw God at everything. This must be one of their fantasies, freaks.

  • rikyrah

    Reid sets stage for Hagel showdown
    By Steve Benen
    Thu Feb 14, 2013 11:06 AM EST.

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced this morning that Chuck Hagel’s Defense Secretary nomination will reach the Senate floor tomorrow morning. And by all accounts, the Senate Republican minority really will launch an unprecedented filibuster.

    But as Rachel noted last night, GOP senators still don’t want their filibuster to be called a filibuster, because they fear (a) that would make them appear extremist; (b) they’d be setting a new precedent; and (c) someone like me might point out all the times they said that cabinet nominees must never be subjected to a filibuster.

    Steve Kornacki had a good piece this morning on just how unusual this level of obstructionism really is.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/02/14/16962427-reid-sets-stage-for-hagel-showdown?lite

  • rikyrah

    Walker’s Medicaid rejection comes with a twist
    By Steve Benen
    Thu Feb 14, 2013 10:29 AM EST

    With six Republican governors — and counting — embracing Medicaid expansion in their states, the issue has become something of a test for the party’s various state chief executives: will arithmetic trump ideology or not?

    To reiterate a point we’ve discussed, the way the Affordable Care Act is structured, Medicaid expansion is a great deal for states, and should be a no-brainer for governors who care about lowering health care costs, insuring low-income families, improving state finances, and helping state hospitals. But many Republican governors remain afraid of their party’s far-right base, and don’t want to be seen implementing a key provision of “Obamacare.”

    That list now includes Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), who yesterday became the 13th governor to reject the ACA’s Medicaid expansion, despite the fact that the policy would have covered 235,000 of his low-income constituents with Washington picking up the vast majority of the tab.

    But unlike the other 12 GOP governors, Walker’s story comes with a twist. As Sarah Kliff explained, Wisconsin “is in a bit of a weird position.”

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/02/14/16962077-walkers-medicaid-rejection-comes-with-a-twist?lite

  • rikyrah

    Biggest Loser in the World: Jim Inhofe

    by BooMan
    Thu Feb 14th, 2013 at 01:39:25 PM EST

    If you think that John McCain is a grumpy old man who shouts at clouds, he’s got nothing on Sen. Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma. Neither of them can stand Chuck Hagel for the simple reason that he is a constant reminder that there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and that our invasion of that country was a gigantic strategic and (especially) moral blunder that got a lot of people injured and killed unnecessarily and at tremendous expense. When Hagel turned against the war, he turned McCain and Inhofe into mortal enemies. Yet, while McCain retains an iota of dignity about it, Inhofe recently accused Hagel of being “cozy with Iran.”

    Perhaps stung by the resulting rebukes, Inhofe felt compelled to explain himself. You see, Inhofe just took over at the Ranking Member (i.e., senior Republican) on the Senate Armed Services Committee, which was in charge of handling Chuck Hagel’s confirmation process to be the next Secretary of Defense. And he and freshmen Ted Cruz of Texas, who also sits on the committee, lobbed incendiary accusations at Hagel, including that he may have taken money from Saudi Arabia and North Korea. This is not in the tradition of the civil and bipartisan climate of the Armed Services Committee. So, Inhofe promised that he will be better behaved once Chuck Hagel is disposed of.

    http://www.boomantribune.com/

  • rikyrah

    Don’t Make Nancy Mad. Just Don’t

    By Tom Levenson February 14th, 2013

    I rather think John Boehner may still be feeling a sharp, shooting pain radiating from his groin. Consider this shot, delivered last night:

    “I don’t understand that because he’s a gentleman, the speaker is,” Pelosi said in an interview with CNN published Wednesday. “But that remark [on the President's "weakness"] was — I mean, it was almost as if he was projecting onto the president his lack of being able to pass any bill that created jobs since he became speaker.”

    CNN’s Chris Cuomo clarified: “You think the speaker is projecting onto the president his own failure?”

    “Exactly,” Pelosi said. “Because he hasn’t been able to deal with his own party. There isn’t anything that he passed that we haven’t’ delivered the votes for him that has been job-creating.”

    If I may be so bold, oh Once-and-Future Speaker Pelosi? Will you be my (strictly political) Valentine?

    PS: thinking of Nancy Pelosi’s lien on certain smallish bits of John Boehner’s anatomy reminds me of the old jr. high school joke:

    Q: What do you have when you’ve got two small green balls in your hand?

    A: Kermit’s undivided attention.

    http://www.balloon-juice.com/2013/02/14/dont-make-nancy-mad-just-dont/

    • isonprize

      Do you think his are orange?

      • conlakappa

        Did I want to think about it? Brain bleach, STAT!

      • Admiral_Komack

        After Nancy’s knee connected with them, they are swollen, red, and I bet they HURT!

  • creolechild

    ‘Dish Mobs’ Aim to Benefit Local Restaurants

    Over the past few years, hundreds of altruistic strangers across the country have been meeting for shopping sprees known as “cash mobs” at neighborhood shops to strengthen local economies. Spending at a neighbor’s business instead of a big-box store like Target (TGT) or Wal-Mart (WMT) is better for the community because more of patrons’ money stays local, their argument goes.

    The face of the mobs in the U.S. is Andrew Samtoy, a Cleveland attorney. He doesn’t get paid to organize them; he does it because he wants to “give back to businesses that support their communities.” [....] The 12-year-old business, which predates and competes with Groupon, LivingSocial, and such companies, plans more dish mobs across the country, with Salt Lake City, Dallas, Orlando, Raleigh, and Baltimore scheduled in the coming weeks.[....] bout 300 employees.[....]

    Read more: http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-02-11/dish-mobs-aim-to-benefit-local-restaurants

    H/T Nick Leiber

  • Miranda

    NRA head Wayne LaPierre’s paranoid gun manifesto

    The group’s outspoken leader isn’t doing gun-rights advocates any favors

    “Hurricanes. Tornadoes. Riots. Terrorists. Gangs. Lone criminals.” Is this the dystopian future America is heading toward? Or the fevered visions of a paranoid crank? Readers of “Stand and Fight,” a new article penned by National Rifle Association head Wayne LaPierre, may be forgiven for concluding the latter. LaPierre’s column, published by The Daily Caller, weaves horrors of every stripe to craft a tapestry of pure nightmare, which is then used, of course, to encourage Americans “to buy more guns than ever.”

    In LaPierre’s world, “Latin American drug gangs have invaded every city of significant size in the United States.” President Obama is eagerly waiting for the next terrorist attack on the homeland so he can “unleash a tsunami of gun control.” The country’s finances are so bad that in the future there may not be “enough money to pay for police protection.” In fact, we may be on the cusp of “Euro-style debt riots.” And most disturbingly, the U.S. may soon become like England, “where some of the nation’s outstanding rifle competitors keep their hobby a dark secret from their neighbors for fear of social disapproval.”
    more here: http://news.yahoo.com/nra-head-wayne-lapierres-paranoid-gun-manifesto-111000769.html

    • goldenstar

      This is like a white racist’s nightmare and a white supremacist’s defense of killing all the darkies.

    • MsKitty

      Now y’all see why I want him to keep yapping?

  • qosine

    If loving you is wrong, I don’t wanna be right — yes, yes, yes!!!

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

    Aww dang, Miranda! Not O’Bryan!!! You went waaaaaay back!

    • Miranda

      Got cobwebs all in my hair from digging that deep in the vault!

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

    Booker can breathe easy now…

    Lautenberg will not seek re-election next year
    By Matt Friedman/The Star-Ledger on February 14, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    TRENTON — U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, a pugnacious and plain-spoken Democrat who has represented New Jersey for three decades, will not seek re-election to a sixth term next year.

    “I am not announcing the end of anything. I am announcing the beginning of a two-year mission to pass new gun safety laws, protect children from toxic chemicals and create more opportunities for working families in New Jersey,” Lautenberg told the Star-Ledger. “While I may not be seeking re-election, there is plenty of work to do before the end of this term and I’m going to keep fighting as hard asever for the people of New Jersey in the U.S. Senate.”

    …At home, he has tangled with Gov. Chris Christie on a number of issues, criticizing the Republican governor for slashing funds for the poor, nixing a new rail tunnel linking New Jersey and New York and merging Rutgers-Camden with Rowan University. And he has been critical of Democrats who have formed their own cozy relationships with Christie, accusing them of weakening the party.

    MORE: http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/02/lautenberg_to_not_seek_re-elec.html

    re: the bold part…Looking at YOU, Booker.

    • Miranda

      Booker gonna have to truly get on the good foot to get this man’s endorsement. I don’t see it happening.

      • goldenstar

        I don’t see him winning, either. He’s just too full of himself and they’re just not into him.

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

          Booker will win but he’ll be battered and bruised in the process.

          • conlakappa

            You really think he’ll win? I think those RW NJ folk feel ascendent with Gov. Jackass in office. It will be a scramble to get his endorsement. Whatever deal he might have struck with Mayor Ambitious, I doubt he agreed to not endorse someone from his own party.

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

            Gov. Christie’s endorsement will be irrelevant. He backed Kyrillos in the senate race last year and he lost. NJ is not as in love with Christie as the media will have you believe.

          • conlakappa

            I meant Christie motivating the RW folk. I know that non Rs don’t love the governor but I thought he had the backing of the RW crowd. I am a native New Jerseyan whose exended family still lives there and are very involved in campaigning from way back. They are state workers so are extra motivated.

  • GreenLadyHere
  • Miranda

    Sorry for HuffPo link but a light really needs to be shined on this foolishness in TN:

    Tennessee Virtual Academy, For-Profit School, Told Teachers To Delete Bad Grades (VIDEO)

    A Tennessee for-profit, online public school has come under fire this week after an internal email that appeared to be ordering teachers to delete their students’ bad grades was leaked.

    The vice principal of Tennessee Virtual Academy allegedly sent the message in question to middle school teachers in December. The email instructed teachers to delete grades from September and October, months that included many failing grades, according to NewsChannel 5.

    Tennessee Virtual Academy was pushed through the Tennessee state legislature in the closing minutes of the session in May 2011, according to the Commerical Appeal. At the time, the school was criticized as a potential drain on taxpayer funds.

    more here
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/13/tennessee-virtual-academy-republican-backed-for-profit-teachers-delete-bad-grades_n_2679641.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000003

    • morphus

      Schools and education the new cash cows.

      • GN

        + prisons

        • rikyrah

          when the schools fail, the prisons will get them

        • nathkatun7

          Exactly! Even here in “blue” California, right wingers push for privatized prisons. Of course neighboring Arizona is way ahead of us when it comes to for profit prisons.

      • Aquagranny911

        Tell it! Scratch any of these for profit schools & you will find a Repug somewhere. Bushes & their cronies are up to their necks in this biz to the tune of millions in Texas & elsewhere. Just follow the $$$ & you will see cui bono.

      • TyrenM

        Food Stamps for restaurants…Working on it.

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

      Wait…I’ve heard of the online colleges like U of Phoenix, but I didn’t know there were online elementary schools. Wow.

      And, of course, the Repubs support this school. *smh*

      • Miranda

        There is absolutely no way elementary age kids can learn effectively via ONLINE. This is insane. They are simply setting up kids to fail.

        • qosine

          TN GOP want cash to follow kids to fund their ed scams that ultimately fall apart with no thought of the child. Michelle Rhee who was in DC, then migrated to Rick Scott in FLA, and is now in and out of Nashville, pitching those “market-based reforms” so our children can grow as future consumers, taxpayers, and low-cost labor.

      • Alma98

        They have them here Sepia they are nothing but a rip off. This is a waste of money, scandalous.

    • qosine

      TN GOP – shortcuts for bucks. There are so many wonderful students (children and adults) that I’ve taught/met here in TN, and bull^&$ like this, just criminal.

      • GreenLadyHere

        ***fist bump*** –qosine. :>) – — -Uhhhhh – – – -HOW do they —

        TEACH – – -“NAP TIME” – –ON LINE?? – -LOL —

        — Jus’ axin’. . . . . :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥– — PICTURE of the – ♥–CENTURY- –

    – —Obama Met With Hadiya Pendelton’s Parents- —- -THIS –IS- -TRUE L♥VE

    – — - President Barack Obama personally took time to speak with the parents of a high school student who performed at his inauguration and was later shot dead in Chicago, said the Grio.

    “One of the photos released by the White House after this week’s State of the Union address was a picture of President Barack Obama talking with the parents of Hadiya Pendleton, the 15-year-old who was gunned down in Chicago last month in a killing that has galvanized gun control advocates,” said the Grio. “The president, according to the White House, spoke with Cleopatra Cowley-Pendleton and Nathaniel Pendleton Sr. after the speech. Obama’s words about Hadiya Pendleton were one of the most memorable moments of his speech, and her parents were guests in the first lady’s box. This week two young Chicago gang members have been charged in connection with Hadiya’s death.”- —

    – —***tears*** annnd **smiles*** :>) BLESSINGS♥- –

    • goldenstar

      1. He spoke to all the people in the country on Tuesday about gun violence and the parents of Hadiya were there.

      2. Now, he’s coming to Chicago tomorrow to speak to Hyde Park Academy.

      Not a peep out of JJJ nor Cathy Cohen or the others who said that PBO needs to come to Chicago and talk about the gun violence.

      • GN

        Isn’t it amazing, and I hope the sole patrol/pl stays quiet too…this matter is too important for their posturing. I only needed to read piece of garbage remark about Hadiya’s skin tone or sex being the reason that the WH cares to have had my absolute and total FILL of them on this matter. They can stay seated as far as I’m concerned.

        • nathkatun7

          In my humble opinion, “the sole patrol/pl” are as mentally unhinged as the evil right wingers.

      • Admiral_Komack

        That’s because they are looking for something to bitch about.

        • nathkatun7

          Exactly, Admiral!

    • GN

      Hadiya’s parents have carried themselves with such grace and dignity; PBO and FLO have reached out to them multiple times with indeed such pure love and respect. Her death is so striking because you can look at her parents, and her life, and automatically tell that this is the cream of the crop. So if even the superlative kids who are doing everything right and have helicopter parents are being killed, then what chance do average kids, or kids with less involved parents have? If Hadiya’s death is a watershed moment re: senseless black on black violence, she truly won’t have died in vain. Deepest condolences to her family, just devastating. Beautiful and poignant pic.

      • rikyrah

        every spokesman for the Pendletons have been graceful and on point.

        • GN

          Yes they have…this is sad but this reminds me so much of the Amadou Diallo shooting and the dignity of his mother and surrogates (including Rev Al). It was a watershed moment, just like this, because it stripped away any plausible idea or excuse one could have for things like this happening. If Amadou could be killed by plainsclothes officers *in the vestibule of his HOME* for doing nothing but offering his wallet to a group of officers who were purposefully dressed like thugs, any suggestion whatsoever that we bring police brutality on ourselves goes out the window. Same “what’s the excuse now” moment with Trayvon walking home with skittles, and same with Hadiya minding her business and a superb child in every way, nothing “street” about her, both senselessly killed for no discernible sane reason. Kudos to Rev Al + the Diallo warriors, and now hopefully POTUS, for using these watershed moments to make deeper changes.

          • qosine

            Beautifully said, GN: “using these watershed moments to made deeper changes.”

      • GreenLadyHere

        H♥PPY VALENTINE’S DAY –GN. ***BIG HUG*** :>) – –

        – — ***fist bump*** :>) —Hadiya’s parents have carried themselves with such grace and dignity; PBO and FLO have reached out to them multiple times with indeed such pure love and respect. – –AMEN! -AMEN! annnd AMEN. :>)- –

        THIS TRAGIC situation – –has brought HOPE 4 a CHANGE!

        – –RIHEP — Dear♥ — PRECIOUS♥ — HADIYA♥ — -MISS U♥ — –

        – –CONDOLENCES PARENTS/FAMILY/FRIENDS/SYMPATHIZERS —***raises hand annnd ♥*** -AMEN. — –

        Good 2 C U GN. :>) – –

      • nathkatun7

        Thanks GN for saying so well everything I feel. As always, your comment goes to the heart of the matter. As some one who lost a daughter who was bout Hadiya’s age, I know Hadiya’s parents are going through indescribable pain. My heart goes out to them. They also have my deepest respect for the way they’ve, as you said, “carried themselves with such grace and dignity.”

        • GreenLadyHere

          – – -“BLESSED R THEY THAT MOURN; for THEY SHALL B COMFORTED”. [Matt.5:4] – – -AMEN. —

          Sooo Sorry. ***tears** —May her FOND MEMORIES SUSTAIN YOU. AMEN.

          • nathkatun7

            Thanks GLH for your kind words. Yes, my fond memories of her have sustained me for 20 years. She would have been 36 years in May.

          • qosine

            nathkatun7, I am so sorry about your daughter. I was close to my dad; daughter-dad bond is strong.

            People say my home is quite peaceful, and one friend said she feel’s my dad’s calm presence here.

          • nathkatun7

            Thanks qosine for your kind words. She was such a kind and loving person and also very courageous.

          • GN

            Deepest, deepest condolences; echoing GLH and qosine: I’m so sorry.

          • nathkatun7

            Thank you, GN, for you kind words. Although it’s been 20 years the loss never completely goes away. Every time I read or hear about other parents’ losses I deeply understand their shock and the unimaginable pain they are going through. Over time, the pain eases and the fond memories take over making life bearable. What never goes away is the loss.

          • GreenLadyHere

            ***BIG –COMFORTING – -HUG *** –nathkatun7. :>) — –B BLESSED. :>)

            – –I’ll SHARE the month of MAY with U. –:>) —- — -Daddy -[Birthday] -May 29 –Mommy –May 30.. —

            May THEY meet in HEAVEN. AMEN. —

            Have a BLESSED day. :>) – -

    • isonprize

      Corny? Travesty?

      ______***___^^____crickets______^^____****_________

  • GN

    Amazing WH fact sheet re: PBO’s plans for universal early childhood education:

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/02/13/fact-sheet-president-obama-s-plan-early-education-all-americans

    Absolutely superlative (and knew PBO did big things with Head Start but I didn’t know that he’s already doubled that excellent program’s number of participants). So true that if society gets them on the right track as infants, kids will have a far better chance at a meaningful, positive adult life (and I don’t need to tell anyone here that black people will disproportionately benefit from this…).

    • rikyrah

      this is a revolutionary idea from our President.

      • GN

        He has a sonic boom quality to his ideas…it’s like it takes time to even fully absorb much less appreciate how profound so many of them are. PBO’s not perfect or beyond critique, but he’s easily the best POTUS of this generation. No question about it.

        • Aquagranny911

          Co-sign, double, triple, squared & cubed! I do marvel & thank all the Santos that we have been blessed with this President.

          Now we have got to stand, keep his back & support him in all the good he is doing for us.

          • GN

            True, sometimes it’s easy to slip into the feeling of “help us Obi Wan Obama…save us!” (h/t admiral) and bitch when he can’t solve all instantly, at least for me of late with some of these devastating current events. Harder to remember that he is a human being, as is his wife, and they have sacrificed so much already and still spend every single day helping others. I don’t know what we’re going to do in 2017 frankly when they’re gone.

        • qosine

          Yes “sonic boom” is a perfect description.

      • nathkatun7

        The President is thinking long-term while his critics, including some blacks who are media hounds, are all about superficial instant gratification.

    • Aquagranny911

      This will benefit a lot of Latino children as well.

      • GN

        Yes, indeed! This blows me away actually. I’m still trying to absorb the SOTU. Reading it in little doses.

        • Aquagranny911

          I love reading PBO’s speeches. It’s great listening but reading the actual speech gives me so much more.

          • nathkatun7

            I also love reading the President’s speeches. I think it’s because I did not watch television until I was about fifteen years.

          • qosine

            Hey, nathkatun7, neither did I! My mom said reading and music and cultural events was better than TV. But when I first watched TV at 15, it was a marathon! Wow. TV 4 ever.

    • nathkatun7

      “…and I don’t need to tell anyone here that black people will disproportionately benefit from this…”

      I agree with you, GN. The problem is that the “blacker than thou blacks,” like Van Jones, contend that the President does not care about Black people the way he cares about gays and Latinos.

  • Miranda

    excerpt from the President’s visit to a Decatur, GA school today:

    Obama was welcomed warmly by the first group, as he assisted them in building a “sculpture” with blocks. When he added a pink block, Obama exclaimed, “It fits.” At one point he gave a fist bump to a young boy — complete with exploding hand gesture when releasing the bump. The child was quite amused.
    Moving on, he joined a game where the children looked through magnifying glasses to identify an object in the middle of their table. “So this is sort of like I Spy,” the president said. “I remember I Spy.”
    Obama hammed it up a bit for the kids, making funny faces through his magnifying glass. The children correctly identified a box, a cat and a bat.
    While one kid, perhaps coached, greeted Obama with “Welcome Mr. President,” another asked “Are you our teacher?” And a third said, “I’ve seen you on TV.”
    http://www.ajc.com/news/news/local/obama-scheduled-to-arrive-at-1130/nWPDs/
    _______________________________

    I simply cannot fathom Romney in any way being warm and friendly and intune with children like this.

  • Miranda

    I’m not sure this article was supposed to be as funny as it was…had me cracking up…especially the pics.

    Can the Republicans Be Saved From Obsolescence?

    One afternoon last month, I paid a visit to two young Republicans named Bret Jacobson and Ian Spencer, who work in a small office in Arlington, Va., situated above an antique store and adjacent to a Japanese auto shop. Their five-man company, Red Edge, is a digital-advocacy group for conservative causes, and their days are typically spent designing software applications for groups like the Heritage Foundation, the Republican Governors Association and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Lately, however, Jacobson and Spencer have taken up evangelizing — and the sermon, delivered day after day to fellow conservatives in the form of a 61-point presentation, is a pitiless we-told-you-so elucidation of the ways in which Democrats have overwhelmed Republicans with their technological superiority.

    They walked me through a series of slides showing the wide discrepancies between the two campaigns. “And just to make them feel really bad,” Jacobson said as he punched another image onto the overhead screen. “We say, ‘Just wait — this is the most important slide.’ And this is what kills them, because conservatives always look at young voters like the hot girl they could never date.” He read aloud from the text: “1.25 million more young people supported Obama in 2012 over 2008.”

    more here
    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/17/magazine/can-the-republicans-be-saved-from-obsolescence.html?_r=0

    • Daltex82

      Stay in the dungeons rethugs, stay in the dungeons.

    • Aquagranny911

      ROTFL! It took a 61-point presentation to tell the GOP that they suck? Most of those old goatfiggers probably fell asleep before point #3.

    • qosine

      David Plouffe re: Marco Rubio (from the NYT article above)

      But, I asked Plouffe, wasn’t the G.O.P. just one postmodern presidential candidate — say, a Senator Marco Rubio — away from getting back into the game?

      Pouncing, he replied: “Let me tell you something. The Hispanic voters in Nevada, Colorado and New Mexico don’t give a damn about Marco Rubio, the Tea Party Cuban-American from Florida. You know what? We won the Cuban vote! And it’s because younger Cubans are behaving differently than their parents. It’s probably my favorite stat of the whole campaign. So this notion that Marco Rubio is going to heal their problems — it’s not even sophomoric; it’s juvenile! And by the way: the bigger problem they’ve got with Latinos isn’t immigration. It’s their economic policies and health care. The group that supported the president’s health care bill the most? Latinos.”

      http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02

  • Miranda

    SMH…..

    Fox Suggests People Are Quitting Their Jobs To Receive Unemployment Benefits
    http://mediamatters.org/blog/2013/02/14/fox-suggests-people-are-quitting-their-jobs-to/192674

    • qosine

      Of course, everyone likes to live on a fraction of their former income.

    • Admiral_Komack

      You mean like Dick Morris and Sarah Palin?

      • qosine

        LOL LOL!!!

  • Miranda

    Jamie Foxx Joins Trayvon Martin’s Family for Peace Walk
    The actor is committed to keeping the slain teen’s memory alive.

    Jamie Foxx joined Trayvon Martin’s parents during Saturday’s peace walk in the late teen’s memory. The “I am Trayvon, Day of Remembrance Peace Walk” community event took place in South Florida’s Ives Estate Park and brought in hundreds of supporters. Martin’s family wore green shirts with their slain son’s face and the words “I am Trayvon,” a common chant among those seeking justice for the tragedy.

    Foxx, who has an 18-year-old daughter, was on hand during the march and spoke with the crowd about his commitment to keep Martin’s story alive. He also sang a song at the end of the rally in Martin’s memory.

    “The thing is with press, and you know how press goes, it will be a hot story at one point. It will be the thing to go to and, all of a sudden, they try to forget about it. And I said I don’t want anybody to forget about this, because they can’t forget about the fact that they lost their son,” Foxx said. “And the thing is, we’re not asking for anything out of the ordinary. We’re asking for justice.”

    http://www.bet.com/news/lifestyle/2013/02/12/jamie-foxx-joins-trayvon-martin-family-for-peace-walk.html

    • Alma98

      I’m glad Jamie is taking Harry Belafonte’s words to heart.

    • Daltex82

      the thing is, we’re not asking for anything out of the ordinary. We’re asking for justice.”

      THIS!

  • Miranda

    Obama meets 47% video guy

    DECATUR, Ga. — President Obama on Thursday met the man who made “47 percent” part of Mitt Romney’s legacy.

    Obama and opposition researcher James Carter, who released the infamous Romney fundraiser video, met backstage before Obama’s education event here, Carter’s cousin, Georgia state Sen. Jason Carter, told POLITICO.

    Upon being introduced and told of James Carter’s role in the 47 percent video, Obama jumped forward to embrace him.

    “Thank you, thank you so much,” Obama told James Carter, his cousin said.
    Both Carters are grandsons of former President Jimmy Carter.
    http://www.politico.com/politico44/2013/02/obama-meets-video-guy-157065.html

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- —-‘CAUSE THEY STOOPID!!—— –

    – – — OOPS: GOP Rep. Inadvertently Makes The Case For Nearly Doubling The Minimum Wage

    – —– President Obama’s State of the Union proposal to raise the minimum wage to $9 an hour and index it to inflation so that it keeps up with growth in the economy was quickly rebuked by top Republicans like Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), who claim the minimum wage will kill jobs and hurt small businesses.

    Tennessee Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R) chose a different reason to oppose the proposal today. A stronger minimum wage, Blackburn said, would negatively affect the ability of young workers to enter the workforce as teenagers, and would prevent them from learning responsibility like she did when she was a teenage retail employee making a seemingly-measly $2.15 an hour in Mississippi:

    ——SNIP- — –

    — – — -Making $2.15 an hour certainly does sound worse than today’s minimum wage, which federal law mandates must be at least $7.25 an hour. But what Blackburn didn’t realize is that she accidentally undermined her own argument, since the value of the dollar has changed immensely since her teenage years. Blackburn was born in 1952, so she likely took that retail job at some point between 1968 and 1970. And according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ inflation calculator, the $2.15 an hour Blackburn made then is worth somewhere between $12.72 and $14.18 an hour in today’s dollars, depending on which year she started.

    — –LOL- – — ‘CAUSE she di-ent LEARN MATH!! – -LOL

    — -[Gotta "hit da road". :>) C YA SOON♥]- – – -

    • qosine

      Thank you, Marsha for your Tale of Struggle.

      • GreenLadyHere

        **smiles*** – — I thought about U. :>) – -TENN. :>) —

    • nathkatun7

      The idiocy of Republicans is breathtaking! Blackburn thinks that a dollar in 1968 has the same value as the dollar 45 years later. This woman has no business being a member of Congress.

      • GreenLadyHere

        H♥PPY VALENTINE’S DAY nathkatun7. ***BIG ♥ HUG*** :>)

        – – –***BIG fist bump*** — -THIS: – ->The idiocy of Republicans is breathtaking! — -WHEW LAWD!! —

        Watchin’ a “RE-RUN” of –“HER ROYAL IDIOCY” – –NOW! LOL — -geesh!! – – –**shakin’ my head*** :>)

        Good 2 C U nathkatun7 :>) — –

  • Camille

    Can the GOP just hire Kelly O’Donnell as their spokeswoman already?

    There’s no need continuing this charade of this woman as a reporter when all she does is just combatively spew rightwing talking points and preemptively come out swinging on their behalf every time the republicans screw this country.

    She does no “reporting”. She only makes categorical statements on behalf of the republican party and their crazies.

    When it gets to the point where the silly newbie Ted Cruz is being portrayed as anything but the narcissistic, dumb, slimy piece of shit he is, we know that Kelly O’Donnell has truly jumped the shark.

    • rikyrah

      tell it

    • jziglar

      LOL ! They should call her the republican correspondent/ spokesperson. Her title is Capitol Hill Correspondent but she just talks about republicans all the time. She sounds like an idiot when she spews republican talking points.

  • rikyrah

    Jesus Christ is my Nigga….Really.

    • morphus

      Saw video early this morning without warning still recovering.

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

      White people have lost their damn minds.

    • isonprize

      Rikyrah. STOP.PLAYING.

  • rikyrah

    Doctors Struggling to Fight ‘Totally Drug-Resistant’ Tuberculosis in South Africa

    TB kills more people annually than any other infectious disease besides HIV

    By Jason Koebler

    In a patient’s fight against tuberculosis—the bacterial lung disease that kills more people annually than any infectious disease besides HIV— doctors have more than 10 drugs from which to choose. Most of those didn’t work for Uvistra Naidoo, a South African doctor who contracted the disease in his clinic. For those who contract the disease now, maybe none of them will.

    A new paper published earlier this week in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Emerging Infectious Diseases journal warns that the first cases of “totally drug-resistant” tuberculosis have been found in South Africa and that the disease is “virtually untreatable.”

    Like many bacterial diseases, tuberculosis has been evolving to fend off many effective antibiotics, making it more difficult to treat. But even treatable forms of the disease are particularly tricky to cure; drug sensitive strains must be treated with a six-month course of antibiotics. Tougher cases require long-term hospitalization and a regimen of harsh drugs that can last years.
    …………………………………………………..

    William Bishai, of the Johns Hopkins Center for TB Research Laboratory and head of the KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for Tuberculosis and HIV in South Africa, works with Naidoo and says his commitment to getting better is uncharacteristic in South Africa. TB is particularly easy to contract among people who have compromised immune systems due to HIV infection—a group that makes up about 12 percent of the country’s population.

    http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2013/02/11/doctors-struggling-totally-drug-resistant-tuberculosis-south-africa?page=2

    • Alma98

      This is horrible.

    • Aquagranny911

      We have strains of drug resistant TB occurring in the US also but you don’t hear very much about it. This is a very scary thing.

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

    Univision does NOT like Marco Rubio.

    Univisión staffer attacks Sen. Marco Rubio on Facebook
    By Marc Caputo
    mcaputo@MiamiHerald.com

    A top assistant to a Univisión news boss trashed Sen. Marco Rubio on his aide’s Facebook page, calling the Republican lawmaker a “loser” and “a token slave boy.”

    …The latest incident began Wednesday night after Rubio’s spokesman, Alex Burgos, announced the high-profile Florida senator would give the GOP’s first-ever bilingual rebuttal to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech.

    That led Univisión employee Angelica Artiles to let loose a string of partisan criticisms.

    “Oh. wow, the loser is going to speak after our President,” Artiles wrote on spokesman Alex Burgos’ Facebook page at 9:33 p.m. Wednesday. “Anything to get publicity. Ask him to do us a favor and stay home that night.”

    When first alerted by the website BuzzFeed, Univisión announced it struck the statement and replaced it with a statement in Spanish that said: “An unpleasant comment not authorized by Univisión News was posted on this page. That comment does not represent the views of Univisión News and we have taken steps to ensure that this situation does not happen again.”

    MORE: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/02/08/3224442/univision-staffer-attacks-sen.html#storylink=cpy

    ——————————————————————

    By “alerted” I take it they mean Buzzfeed COMPLAINED to Univision about the comment.

    • Aquagranny911

      Too late! It’s all over some of the Latino web sites. People are loving it!

    • Town

      Florida senator would give the GOP’s first-ever bilingual rebuttal to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech.
      ————————-

      Did he ever speak in Spanish?

      • Aquagranny911

        Not that I read. What I understood was that a computer generated translation of his speech was put up on a web site. But I did not actually listen to him I’ve just read what others have said & laughed my ass off!

      • Admiral_Komack

        Maybe between sips of water.

    • Miranda

      *snicker*….they dont like him.

  • GreenLadyHere

    - -OMG!! – – – -SENATE VOTE on HAGEL: – – -58 –40!! 1 Present!- –NEEDED 60!! — -

    • nathkatun7

      Senate Republicans are Evil! Period.

      • GreenLadyHere

        nathkatun7 — –***fist bump*** U! –AIN’T! NEVA! – -LIED!! :>)

        – – -ACTUALLY —RE-THUCKERS – -as a WHOLE – – RACIST–OBSTRUCTIONISTS!! – –geesh!!!

  • rikyrah

    From The Grio:

    Find local black businesses with new iPhone app

    Opinion

    by Sajjad Musa, DFRAGG.com | February 12, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    Around the Way is an app for your iPhone or Android device that helps its users locate black owned businesses. The app is important because it uses technology to combat social issues that often deter minority own businesses from thriving.

    Around the Way App Version 2.0 has a pretty intuitive interface, which mimics the native iPhone maps App. This makes it very simple to use and pick up right away to help you locate black owned businesses using your phone. When you open the App, you’re greeted with a scroll bar at the top, which groups black businesses by good and services that range from beauty shops, barbers, banks and restaurants. There are also several tabs below, which allow you to view all of the black businesses in a certain area, search for specific stores or add a black business that you may have spotted.

    One of the cool features of the app is the ability to favorite locations. This app is all about supporting black businesses so this feature makes it easy for you to become reoccurring customers once you book mark your favorites spots. Business owners and entrepreneurs have the ability to add their own business to the Around The Way App Directory directly from their phone.

    Our only gripe with the App is that once you locate a business, it would be convenient if the app provided a link to open the directions in the native iOS maps or Google maps app. Check out the link below and download the app and let us know what you think. Would you use this app to find black businesses?

  • Aquagranny911

    Dang! Great music but no dancing for me tonight!

    I have been visiting some Latino web sites & the comments about Rubio are hilarious. I did not see his speech & don’t want to but I read that Uni trashed him big time.

    One commenter called him Marcosito Raton which is a play on Micky Mouse. I don’t know what the Repugs were thinking when they set this up but I sure am enjoying the fall out

    • edp4bho

      Good to see you back Aquagranny. I can’t access POU from work anymore, so I miss a lot. Hope your daughter is doing better. Hello all of POU.

      • GreenLadyHere

        H♥PPY VALENTINE’S DAY –edp4bho. :>) ***BIG ♥ HUG*** :>) — – -Soooo – – –GOOD 2 C U. :>)—

        – — ***fist bump*** :>) – -

    • nathkatun7

      Aquagranny, I hope your daughter is doing better and you are also healing from your accident. Wishing you and your daughter speedy recovery.

      Poor Marcosito Raton. He seemed to be overwhelmed by the occasion. I think part of it had to do with the fact that he did not believe the things he was asked to say. Lying on Camera, when the whole world is watching, is not an easy thing to do. No wonder he was thirsty and was sweating so much.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – – –RE: – –OUR BELOVED FIRST LADY♥ — -:>)

    – – -Michelle Obama’s selection of Jason Wu dress for State of the Union causes stir: Is he the first lady’s favorite?

    — —–Michelle Obama’s selection of a Jason Wu dress for attending President Obama’s State of the Union address has caused quite a stir. When she appeared in the audience wearing the sleeveless tweed colorblock dress accented with one of her signature pins, the first lady looked chic as usual. The revelation that this piece was by Jason Wu, the same designer she selected for the first and second inaugural balls, prompted fashion insiders to theorize: Is Jason Wu Michelle Obama’s Oleg Cassini?

    Oleg Cassini was famously the designer of choice of former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy. She worked closely with the designer over the course of her time at the White House, crafting many of the custom looks that would become iconic.

    Mrs. Obama, by contrast, is known for experimenting with an ever-changing range of designers and fashion houses — even selecting items from accessible brands such as J. Crew and Target to integrate into her luxurious wardrobe.

    Yes, when Michelle wears Target it is Jason Wu for Target. Is that yet another sign that the young, Taiwanese-American fashion star is becoming the first lady’s go-to couturier? – – –SNIP – – —
    THERE IS MORE. — –

    – – – -Uhh — -SHE CAN DO – – -WHAT-EVA SHE LIKES!! :>) – —Jus’ sayin’. . . .:>)

    – — -SHE IS SIMPLY – – -L♥VEly – — :>) WE ♥ U.!! — -

  • GreenLadyHere

    STANDING “O”bama!! :>) — -:>) Did he say that IT is EASIER 2 get FLOWERS 4 —FIRST LADY – -‘CAUSE he has a —“ROSE GARDEN”?? — – —Woo! Hoo!! – –

    – —Pres. Obama Remarks on Education

    — — – Thursday, February 14,♥ 2013

    President Obama travels to Decatur, Georgia to highlight early childhood education. In his State of the Union Address, the President proposed working with states to provide universal preschool for every child in the United States. Georgia initially opened pre-k to children from low-income families but later expanded to a state-wide pre-kindergarten program.

    Friday, President Obama will travel to his hometown Chicago to speak on more of his proposals laid out in his State of the Union.

    —THANK U —MR. PRESIDENT♥ :>) —

  • Elie

    Happy valentines day!!! A friend sent me this and I appreciated it. It’s from HuffPost unfortunately, but it was pretty good. Enjoy.

    http://live.huffingtonpost.com/#r/segment/reasons-to-love-michelle-obama/50fd6d982b8c2a2182000764

  • lamh36

    some good Valentine Day heck “any day” advice from POTUS to married men and all the others: http://youtu.be/g_BwDYh7c2c

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda —-***tears*** —– –

    ——VIDEO: After Tragedies, Coloradans Unite Around Universal Background Checks — –

    – – — -AURORA, Colorado—In the past 13 years, few states have witnessed the horrific bloodshed from mass shootings that Colorado has. The state grieved in 1999 when 15 high school students were killed at Columbine High School, and it mourned again last year when 12 people were gunned down as they watched The Dark Knight Rises in an Aurora movie theater.

    –After the Columbine massacre, Colorado residents pushed to close the gun show loophole, whereby anyone can buy a weapon from a private dealer at a gun show without having to undergo a background check first. When the legislature wouldn’t even pass the bill in committee, residents took matters into their own hands, organizing a drive to put the issue up to a statewide referendum in the 2000 election. Over 70 percent of Coloradans voted to close the loophole.

    Still, another glaring loophole exists: private sales outside of gun shows. Even though private sellers at gun shows are required to run background checks, anyone can still purchase a weapon—no background check required—from private sellers online and elsewhere. ThinkProgress showed recently how anyone could purchase 4 AR-15s, the same weapon used in the Aurora massacre, in 20 minutes with no background check by contacting private online sellers.
    THERE IS MORE.

    – – — -KEEP PRAYIN’ 4 the PROPER LAWS 2 B ENACTED!! –

    – — —THIS — VIOLENCE -MUST B – —- –ARRESTED!! :>)—-

    • Aquagranny911

      This is a huge issue in Colorado. We saw it all over the news when we were there. Everywhere we went people were talking.

      • GreenLadyHere

        :>) Aquagranny.♥ THANK U 4 SHARIN’. – –HOW U B? :>)

        BLESS U/Daughter/Family♥ — -AMEN.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda —-Awwwwwwww♥ – – -PIC of the DAY 2.0 — :>) —

    —–President Barack Obama visits a pre-kindergarten classroom at the College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center in Decatur, Ga., Feb. 14, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

    – —- -BLESS the CHILDREN.♥ —-BLESS MR.PRESIDENT♥ :>) —

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – — – ♥ -DEDICATED 2 –MR. PRESIDENT♥ – annnd OUR BELOVED FIRST LADY♥ —-

    – — Solid as Barack – Ashford and Simpson – — —

    – — THEIR L♥VE is as — -S♥LID as a R♥CK!! :>) — -BLESS THEM♥–

    • qosine

      Just hanging out, just like family. (life’s good)

      • GreenLadyHere

        qosine. LOL – – –I KNOW –HUH?? – – -:>) – – –

        THIS is PRECISELY – — -“WHYCOME” – – -THEY HADTA have a –SECOND TERM. — :>)

        Could U imagine —da TWITT annnd “missy RAFALCA” — — –

        NEVAMIND!! – – –**Ewwwwww** –***shudder*** :>) – – -LOL-

        • qosine

          About a month before the BIG WIN in Nov., I started
          waking up at night in a PANIC! What if . . . ?

          I couldn’t imagine THOSE people moving into our White House. But “no weapon prospered” and we have four glorious years with our First Family!

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ — -Gotta”bounce” — 4 a “bit”. —BLACK HISTORY MONTH ACTIVITY. :>) C Ya soon. :>) —

    – —-☻1. 1946 – Gregory Hines, dancer born
    Entertainer and dancer Gregory Hines born

    – – -☻3. 1867 – Morehouse College organized in Augusta, Georgia
    Morehouse College organized in Augusta, Georgia. The institution was later moved to Atlanta. New registration law in Tennessee abolished racial distinctions in voting.
    — –

    MORE♥ — when I return. :>)♥ –

  • rikyrah

    Mellie is one ruthless bitch.

    And, I love her.

    LOL

    • isonprize

      You figure she didn’t get Fitz to marry her just because he wanted to… As far as I’m concerned Fitz has ALWAYS been a ho. SERIOUSLY.

      • TyrenM

        I haven’t seen tonight’s show yet but, yeah. Cue Whodini: I’m A Ho.

    • crazycanuck

      Wasn’t trilled with the show tonight

      • isonprize

        If they don’t hurry up and tell me more about Harrison (with his FINE self) I’m out…

  • BarbinAtlSouth

    http://blog.reidreport.com/2013/02/icymi-stephen-colberts-hilarious-rubio-watergate-takedown/

    h/t reidreport

    I think Marcosito Raton (did I get that right AQ? Wishing the best for you and your family, continued progress for your daughter) did do a bilingual response on Cspan2, but couldn’t find a video on their website.

    But I think (didn’t watch it, just decided to throw it up here) that The Colbert Report mocks both versions.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ – —***BIG HUG** – – –WHEW LAWS – -Ain’t dat much –BLACK HISTORY – -2 last dat LONG! LOL – —

    Speakin’ of –BLAH HISTORY- – — -LOOK at THIS. :>) – -. :>)

    – – –Little Known Black History Fact: Church Hats – –

    — -The earliest known traditional hats in history were worn in thebes and seen on ancient Egyptian murals. Next there were Phrygian caps that were worn by the freed slaves in Rome, signifying their independence. As the centuries went by, the traditional use of hats worn by women in church is said to originate from the Apostle Paul’s words in 1st Corinthians 11:15, which says that women should cover their heads during worship. Black women have since embraced those words with elaborate church hats.

    During and after slavery, black women who worked as maids and servants broke away from their uniforms</u< on Sunday and wore decorated hats to service. The hat, no matter what material it was made from, was adorned with ribbons, bows and flowers. It was the black woman’s one day of individualism. Since then, church hats have gotten bigger and bolder.

    One of America’s most famous milliners, or hat maker, is remembered in a new permanent collection by the Smithsonian National Museum of African American Culture. The work of Mae Reeves, a milliner to the elite black women of the past, will have her shop re-created in the museum. During the 1940’s and 50’s, Mae Reeves supplied original hat creations to Lena Horne, Ella Fitgerald, Eartha Kitt and Marian Anderson. Reeves is now 99 years old and her granddaughter, Donna Limerick, carries on the memory of her grandmother’s legacy by putting Reeve’s hats on display.
    THERE IS MORE.

    — —
    Barack Obama Inauguration – Aretha Franklin – Sings ‘America’ My Country Tis Of Thee
    — — --Saaaaaang — – “Auntie ‘RE. – –:>) – –

    • qosine

      I’ve got to see Mae Reeves’ shop next time I’m in DC. All those
      beautiful hats made by a master milliner. I love the Smithsonian!

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY qosine♥ –***BIG ♥ HUG*** :>)

        – – — ***fist bump** – – —I KNOW-HUH!? :>) – — –

        THIS might make an interesting SERIES. :>) – – -THIS is TRULY – – —“OUR! — -THANG!” :>) – – –

        – — — IMMA look 4 MORE. :>)

        Good 2 C U qosine♥ — -Happy V♥LENTINE’S D♥Y. :>) – –

        • qosine

          Happy Valentine’s Day, GreenLady! (heart u)

          P.S. This would make a GREAT series.

          • GreenLadyHere

            ***smiles* @-chu*** :>) – –

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda — – – ***BIG ♥ HUG*** — 2 “MOTHER DESILINE” – –

    – – — -THEN — at her –“WELCOME HOME” –CELEBRATION —- :>) —

    – – -Look At This Cute 102-Year-Old Lady Dancing – –

    — —After you’re done absorbing all the adorableness that is a dancing Desiline Victor gif, watch the video to find out why this 102-year-old American hero is so happy. — -:>) — —

    — – -She♥ – – -“BUSTED a MOVE” — — BLESS HER♥ – – – —

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – —Sooo —THANK U – – -“teh google” – –:>) – –

    – – -Showstoppers: Mae Reeves of Philadelphia Vintage Hat Collection

    – – – –A “showstopper” is what milliner and accessories designer extraordinaire, Lula Mae Reeves called her marvelous designs worn by elegantly dressed women from all walks of life. Enjoy a wonderful conversation about Mrs. Reeves and her influence on fashion among Donna Limerick, Mae Reeves’ daughter, Reneé S. Anderson, Ph.D., NMAAHC fashion and textiles specialist, and LaFleur Paysour, NMAAHC media relations specialist. The Mae Reeves Hat Collection was recently acquired by the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Selected designs from the Reeves Showstopper Collection will be modeled.

    – – -Soooo— CREATIVE!!♥— — -BLESS U – -Mrs. LULA MAE REEVES”- –

    – –[***winks @ isonprize. :>)***] –“Philly” :>) – -

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