September 17, 2014

Thursday Afternoon Thread: Soulsville USA – Stax Records

Wattstax Picture Logo

On August 20, 1972, the Stax label presented a major concert, Wattstax, featured performances by Stax recording artists and humor from rising young comedian Richard Pryor. Known as the “Black Woodstock,” Wattstax was hosted by Reverend Jesse Jackson and drew a crowd of over 100,000 people, most of them African-American. Wattstax was filmed by motion picture director Mel Stuart (Willie Wonka & the Chocolate Factory), and a concert film of the event was released to theaters by Columbia Pictures in February 1973.

This right here as one commenter said “was the moment ‘cool’ was born”.

Isaac Hayes – Live at Wattstax (1972)

Despite the success of Wattstax, the future of Stax was unstable. In 1972, Bell bought out Stewart’s remaining interest in the company, and established a distribution deal with CBS Records. CBS Records President Clive Davis saw Stax as a means for CBS to fully break into the African-American market and successfully compete with Motown. Bell had originally proposed that CBS buy 50% of the company, but Davis discussed it with CBS’s corporate attorneys, who saw anti-trust problems, so a national distribution deal was worked out instead. However, Davis was fired by the company shortly after signing the Stax distribution deal. Without Davis at the helm, CBS very quickly lost interest in Stax.

The Stax labels’ profits were cut severely, particularly since the CBS distribution agents bypassed the traditional small mom-and-pop record sellers in the black community which had been the backbone of Stax’s distribution, and weren’t pushing the Stax product to the larger retailers for fear of undercutting rack space for CBS R&B artists. Reports came in to Stax of stores in cities such as Chicago and Detroit being unable to get new Stax records despite consumer demands, and the company attempted to annul its distribution deal with CBS. However, although CBS was uninterested in fully promoting Stax, it refused to release the label from its contract, for fear that Stax would land a more productive deal with another company and then become CBS’s direct competitor.

The Staple Singers – Let’s Do It Again

The BarKays – Holy Ghost

Isaac Hayes – I Stand Accused

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  • Miranda

    National Security Brief: Poll Finds Military Turning Away From GOP
    By ThinkProgress on Mar 26, 2013 at 8:55 am

    The latest annual poll conducted by the Military Times has found that nearly one-third of U.S. military personnel identified themselves as Republicans, down from almost 50 percent in 2006, the Washington Times reported.

    One soldier attributed the numbers to the Tea Party. “It may have to do with the rise of the Tea Party movement,” said a Marine lieutenant colonel who described himself as conservative.

    “Republicans kind of used to be seen as the party that took care of the military,” said one Army sergeant first class. “But recently, there’s a feeling that that has kind of shifted, and I don’t think people feel that the party is really looking out for the military the way it used to.”

    more here: http://thinkprogress.org/security/2013/03/26/1774311/national-security-brief-military-times-poll-gop/

    • Guns3000

      Oh this one is easy. When you have been on 10 years worth of deployments of two bungled wars and the people you are “liberating” still don’t like you. In addition to that your friends die, divorce, get injured and come back home to no job enough is enough.

    • Alma98

      They never took care of military personnel they took care of the contractors, it was an illusion

      • rikyrah

        amen. it only took two wars began on a lie, 1 trillion dollars, seeing thousands of their co-workers go home in bodybags, and thousands more maimed for life for them to get a clue

  • GreenLadyHere

    GOOD AFTERNOON Miranda/POU FAM♥ —***BIG HUG** — -WE WON’T LET GO if OUR MISSION –GUN CONTROL!!

    – – -Here’s MR. PRESIDENT: — POWERFUL – -PASSIONATE –PROFOUND!: — —

    Presidential Remarks on Gun Violence Reduction – [Mar 28, 2013]

    President Obama urged Congress to pass legislation that would, among other measures, strengthen background check laws for firearms. He warnedthat interest groups opposed to gun violence reduction legislation were trying to .. Read More

    – – -Miranda THANK U 4 -YOUR — -Soulville[Isaac Hayes] –MUSIC VAULT– :>) – -Have a good –Rest of the Day. :>) –

    • Guns3000

      Playing to emotions won’t get a bill passed no matter who does it.

  • Alma98
  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

    Someone should tell Bloomberg the NYPD is just as or more hazardous to the health of Black and Brown teens than cigarettes….

    Bloomberg Seeks End to Cheap Cigarettes
    By VIVIAN YEE Published: March 26, 2013

    Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg opened a new front in his antismoking campaign last week when he proposed new legislation that would require stores to keep tobacco products out of sight, making New York the first city in the nation to do so.

    …New York’s price-regulation bill would, in effect, close off the
    remaining means of access to cheap cigarettes and little cigars, which
    make it easier for teenagers to experiment with smoking, and progress to
    smoking regularly, said Brett Loomis, a researcher at RTI International, a nonprofit institute that offers research and technical services to governments and businesses.

    MORE: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/27/nyregion/bloomberg-seeks-an-end-to-cheap-cigarettes.html?_r=0

    • Alma98

      The man thinks he an emperor, he stays in everybody and their mama’s business. And some liberals thinks he’s the bees-knees.

    • Guns3000

      He wants to be God.

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

    Once again, POUers hit the nail on the head about RoRo’s desire to rub elbows with white media elites is greater than calling out white media racism. All he and other Black media pundunces care about is being on tv.

    “@huffpostlive Thanks for joining us. You’ve got a place here any time.” Sounds good!— rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) March 28, 2013

    ALL WE GOT IS US.

    • Miranda

      He has been screeching on twitter in an obvious attempt to get on anyone’s radar that can put him on a panel somewhere. He’s been a complete fly on twitter…just buzzing around annoying the shit outta folks.

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

        It’s sickening and pathetic. He has a platform on TV One. Why not put that energy into building a political news division that could rival CNN and nem instead of begging white media for scraps? But noooo…. white man’s ice is colder to RoRo and other Black pundunces.

        • Miranda

          Roland does not want to do actual work. He does not want to investigate, research, edit, produce, etc…he wants to sit his stompy ass on a stool and opine. Roland is not about to do any real journalism which is why its so funny that he is getting this (fake) award from NABJ…he only wants to do the opinion screeching on a panel. Have you ever read one of his few columns for CNN? 7th graders give more indepth analysis of a topic…and the few I’ve read, they read like it was a chore for him to write that little bit. Roland is LAZY. Seriously, his ass is the epitome of LAZY.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Sepia — – –Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um —***shakin’ my head*** —-WHEW LAWD! —

      —-Wait til THEY give him –his –“NEGRO WAKE-UP CALL” – –after “usin’ him up”! —-BUT —he betta NOT think that he can – –GO NEGATIVE” —on MR. PRESIDENT!! — –TRUST!!. – –

    • Alma98

      The man has no self respect or shame. SMH

    • Guns3000

      That’s why when peeps were saying Roland was getting treated unfairly because CNN wouldn’t invite him on I said GTHOHWTB.

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

        I hear ya, but just because RoRo is an ass kissers doesn’t mean CNN isn’t on some racist bs. It’s not really about Roland but about how these media elites treat Black people as a whole.

      • trose1

        Most of the Black people on TV are Roland clones. It has nothing to do with Roland it is the fact they treat Black people in general like trash.

    • aleth

      see why he was mad at me at WSY….we was right. I told him don’t respect him…proven every word I said right. Idiot

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

        Yep…I remember. He ran to defend his CBC buddies. He’s nothing more than a water-carrying groupie.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda – –DEY bein’ — -TOLD ON —LOL – —

    – –Anti-Gay Base is Feeling Isolated- –

    – –Conservatives spent much of their time at the recent Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) bashing political consultants. Perhaps they knew something we didn’t. In today’s Politico, Alexander Burns reportsthat the majority of the Republican consulting class is not-so-secretly hoping that the Supreme Court will the issue the broadest possible rulings in favor of gay marriage. Here’s a sample:

    —- — – “It removes the issue from the Democratic playbook of
    fundraising scare tactics and political demagoguery and breaks their
    usual messaging dynamic of, ‘You’re a beleaguered minority; let us
    protect you from the evil GOP — oh, and here’s your absentee ballot,’”
    said Florida-based Republican consultant Rick Wilson.

    – —-Wilson continued: “Democrats won’t be as happy explaining to gay
    business owners why Obamacare is crushing them; why the regulatory
    behemoth in D.C. is burying them in red tape; and why the American
    economy is still faltering. Republicans take an issue out of the federal
    domain and let states, churches and society handle it, and let’s stick
    to a message of growth and opportunity for every American.”

    One top Republican pollster, who requested anonymity in order to speak bluntly, said that Republicans will struggle to connect with many swing voters as long as they’re perceived as the party of cultural retrenchment.

    THIS – ->“We can’t continue to fight a losing battle on gay marriage and gay rights, and if we need the Supreme Court to help in that regard, so be it,” the pollster said…
    THERE IS MORE.

    –COWARDS!! —- CAIN’T WIN their OWN BATTLES!! —HAH! –

    • jziglar

      These republicans are delusional. This is not the only reason why people don’t like their party. If they think striking down DOMA will help them while they continue to expose hate and regressive policies then they are dumber than I thought.

  • rikyrah

    Top donors threaten Dems: Do the right thing on guns, or no more money

    Posted by Greg Sargent on March 28, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    With red state Democratic Senators remaining skittish about embracing Obama’s gun proposals, at least two top Democratic donors are stepping forward and vowing to withhold any and all future financial contributions from any Democrats who don’t support the centerpiece of Obama’s plan: Expanded background checks.

    Kenneth Lerer, a New York businessman who is chairman of Buzzfeed.com, and David Bohnett, a technology entrepreneur and philanthopist based in Los Angeles, are both major financial supporters of Democratic candidates, having each given scores of large contributions over the years. They are both key players in the political fundraising world and wield influence among other donors and fundraisers.

    Neither will give another dime to any Senate Democrat who does not support expanded background checks, I’m told — and both will suggest to other donors that they do the same. The move underscores the rising importance of gun control as an issue in Democratic politics — and the rising frustration in some Democratic circles with elected officials who continue to regard gun politics as a third rail, at a moment that presents a real opportunity to achieve serious reform, with a policy that enjoys near universal public support.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/03/28/top-donors-threaten-dems-do-the-right-thing-on-guns-or-no-more-money/

  • rikyrah

    GOP senators fear a debate on gun legislation

    By Steve Benen
    Thu Mar 28, 2013 2:13 PM EDT

    When President Obama delivered his State of the Union address last month, he urged lawmakers to simply give a bill a fair hearing. Referencing parents of Newtown victims, the president said, “They deserve a vote. Gabby Giffords deserves a vote. The families of Newtown deserve a vote. The families of Aurora deserve a vote. The families of Oak Creek and Tucson and Blacksburg, and the countless other communities ripped open by gun violence — they deserve a simple vote.”

    And right now, Senate Republicans’ top goal on gun legislation seems to be making sure that doesn’t happen.

    Sen. Mike Lee (R) of Utah argued today that he intends to block a floor debate on gun legislation in order to ensure a “full debate.” I don’t mean to be picky, but that’s gibberish — one does not guarantee a debate by blocking a debate.

    Nevertheless, Lee’s efforts are drawing more support from the far-right. We talked the other day about a trio of conservative Republican senators — Lee, Rand Paul, and Ted Cruz — who’ve vowed to filibuster any legislation that changes any gun laws in any way. Their little group is apparently growing.

    ………………………………………

    Just so we’re clear, what these five senators are saying is they intend to filibuster the motion to proceed on any gun bill. In other words, they’re not only going to try to prevent legislation from passing, they also intend to block any bill related to gun violence from even being debated on the Senate floor.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/

    • Daltex82

      The sad part is when re-election time rolls around for these fools their constituents will reward their bad behavior by re-electing them.

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

    Rick Ross Addresses Backlash From “U.O.E.N.O.” http://www.ddotomen.com/2013/03/28/rick-ross-addresses-backlash-from-u-o-e-n-o/

    It starts at the 4:35 mark.

    • Miranda

      “Put molly all in her champagne/She ain’t even know it/I took her home and I enjoyed that/She ain’t even know it.”

      ____________________

      ummm……soooo…..there’s another way to interpret that?

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

        OK!! And that dumbass dj let him get away with that bs explanation!

      • Guns3000

        Anytime u rap about secretly drugging someone u deserve the flames but technically ” Molly” which is ecstasy is not a date rape drug. It’s not rufies.

        • Miranda

          Any drug you put in someone’s drink without their knowledge for the express purposes of taking them home and enjoy it and they “aint even know it”….is a date rape drug.

          • Guns3000

            You are correct. I’m an idiot.

          • Guns3000

            You are right. I’m an idiot.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda — -REAL WORLD – – -AWAY from –“DA BENCH” — SADLY —

    – — -Chief Justice hit by credit-card fraud- –

    – – – -Credit-card fraud can strike anyone, anywhere. Ask Chief Justice John Roberts.

    Roberts usually uses a credit card to buy his morning coffee at his local Starbucks in suburban Maryland.
    But on Tuesday, when he needed to be extra sharp for the arguments
    that day over California’s ban of same-sex marriage, he had to pay in
    cash.

    Seems someone had gotten his credit-card numbers, he told the cashier, and he was obliged to cancel the card.

    So be careful out there. – —

    RECENTLY had THIS experience. – —Very UNSETTLING. :>) –

    • Alma98

      Hey GLH how ya doing, we had this happen to us in 2010. Someone tried to buy a 5,000 mausoleum in Canada with our card.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY Alma98. ***BIG HUG*** :>) –
        — – —-WOW&1/2! —Almaaaaaa. – – –How UNUSUAL. :>) –

        How did U get notified —of YOUR purchase?? :>) —
        GLAD THEY di-ent complete it! – -geesh! —

        Thank U. Doin’ pretty good. :>) – -THANK U 4 sharin’. :>)
        Good 2 C U. :>)

        • Alma98

          The credit card company called us because they knew damn well we didn’t live in Canada. Nor did we ever shop or visit there. They basically keep a profile of your spending habits, someone also tried this in NC. We finally got rid of the cards, and kept one for emergencies.

          • GreenLadyHere

            THANK U Alma. – –Pretty much the SAME 4 me. :>)
            Even iff it is in their BEST INTEREST annnd PRACTICE – –the CC companies do keep a valuable watch. :>) -

    • nathkatun7

      I Know the feeling! In 2009 my Visa credit card number was stolen and before I realized it, the thief had run up a hefty bill.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY nathkatun7– – – -***BIG HUG*** :>)-

        OMWORD. – —So maybe I shouldn’t have bought up sad memories. — -:>) I trust that U were NOT held responsible.:>)

        Good 2 C U nathkatun7. :>) – –

    • TyrenM

      Justice Roberts, shit just got real. if they can hit YOUR wallet, the rest of us don’t have a chance.

      • GreenLadyHere

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

        —-***fist bump*** —Gotta B so CAREFUL.–:>) – —

        Good 2 C U TyrenM. :>) — -

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda – – -HEADING: – – -YA WIN SOME: – — -YA LOSE SOME.:>) – -LOL

    $338M Powerball Winner Owes $29K in Child Support — [Authorities are looking for Pedro Quezada]-
    – – - One good thing about winning the $338 million Powerball jackpot: Now you can afford to pay the $29,000 in child support you owe. Pedro Quezada, the New Jersey man who claimed a lump-sum payment worth $221 million (about $152 million after taxes) Tuesday, finds himself in just that situation. A sheriff’s office spokesperson says the warrant squad is trying to find the lottery winner to resolve the matter. – — – -A –MAZ –ING! :>) – -

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

      Hey GLH!

      I saw this fool on the news, just prancing around like a peacock, telling errbody he won. I bet his baby momma saw him and was like, “KA-CHING!”. And best believe there will be more folks coming out the woodwork to get a piece of the pie. He should’ve laid low, made the required appearance per NJ law, and kept it moving.

      • GOVCHRIS1988

        I know, right? Hell, if I won the lottery, I’d burn my house, collect the insurance, make the appearance, and fly my ass off to the Bahamas. I wouldn’t answer my phone or NOTHIN!!!! RUN FOOL RUN!!!!!

        • GreenLadyHere

          –LOL GOVCHRIS.1988. ***BIG HUG*** :>) – —

          U R a RIOT. :>) – -Good 2 C U. :>) – -

        • vulcan_girl

          If I won, my family already knows they won’t see me for a while! Checks, yes, but me, no!

      • MsKitty

        I know that’s right. Since I would have no choice with the press conference, I wouldn’t do it before I assembled a proper legal/financial team and moved to parts unknown. Post-presser you can Google my address all you want, but all you gonna find are my ex-neighbors saying, “Yeah, we wondered why she moved out in the middle of the night. We thought she might be in trouble.” (LOL)

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

          OK! LOL

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY Sepia — -Had a shorter appointment that I thought . :>)

        – – -LOL – -I bet his baby momma saw him and was like, “KA-CHING!”. – –
        Annnd he betteNOT have any MORE. — -LOL —

        Annnd – – -U KNOW there R some OTHER PEOPLE –“prancing round” —YELLIN’ — -WE WON! –WE- -WON!

        :>)-
        —***fist bump** — -He shoulda done what –“BLACK MOSES” said: — -SHUT YO MOUF! – – -LOL -

    • Guns3000

      LOL…. He is going to be broke in no time.

    • Town

      I thought they snatched child support & such from lottery winners before they even see a check?

      • isonprize

        Yup, I do believe that is correct. But they’ve got to know about it first. If she was out of state in a state that doesn’t have ‘reciprocal agreements’ she would have to notify New Jersey.

  • Miranda

    Oh please let the original email and this Rep’s full response be made public!

    Black Alabama rep calls out white constituent’s ‘slave-holding…incestuous kin folk’

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama House leader says a black lawmaker will not face punishment for referring in an email to a white constituent’s ancestors as incestuous slave owners.

    Republican House Speaker Mike Hubbard said Thursday that neither he nor most other legislators share the views that Democratic Rep. Joseph Mitchell of Mobile expressed in the email to a Jefferson County man. But Hubbard said Mitchell has free speech rights.

    Mitchell, who is black, sent an email to the man referring to the man’s “slave-holding, murdering, adulterous, baby-raping, incestuous … kin folk.” The man had emailed Mitchell and other lawmakers asking them not to pass gun control laws.

    more here: http://thegrio.com/2013/03/28/black-alabama-rep-calls-out-white-constituents-slave-holding-incestuous-kin-folk/

    • Alma98

      Loves it!

    • GOVCHRIS1988

      Damn. Well, tell the truth and let them think its hell.

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

      Oh snap!

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ – – -Gotta “bounce” 4 a “bit”.– MISSIN’ U/CARRYIN’ U –IN MY♥

    BACK as soon as. :>) —

    – – -Isaac Hayes – By the Time I Get to Phoenix – –ENJOY.):> –

  • Alma98
    • Miranda

      wow…….maybe the steel plate in his head is affecting his thinking??? (I think I saw that on Ally McBeal)

      • Alma98

        I remember that episode.

  • Miranda

    New Hampshire House Votes to Repeal Stand Your Ground

    By a slim five-vote margin, New Hampshire’s House of Representatives yesterday passed a billto repeal the state’s Stand Your Ground law, the controversial self-defense statute that essentially allows anyone who feels threatened by someone else to shoot first rather than retreat.

    No one in New Hampshire has claimed Stand Your Ground as a legal defense since the law was enacted in 2011. The proposed repeal will likely face an even tougher fight in the state’s Republican-controlled senate.

    Florida became the first state to adopt Stand Your Ground in 2005. By 2011, with a boost from the National Rifle Association and the American Legislative Exchange Council, 24 more states, including New Hampshire, had passed similar laws.

    more here: http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2013/03/new-hampshire-repeal-stand-your-ground?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Motherjones%2Fmojoblog+%28MotherJones.com+|+MoJoBlog%29

    • trose1

      I guess Black lawmakers cannot come together and urge other states to do the same?

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

        They’re too busy demand PBO give them the hook-up.

  • lamh36

    ALRIGHT!!! I’M TELLING YA RETTT NOW…IF YOU SEE TEMPTATION BEFORE I DO, DON’T YOU DARE POST ANY PLOT POINTS…lol. Just keep it simple.

    If you don’t think I mean bizness, check out the attached pic!

    • rikyrah

      LMBAO!!1

    • Lisa M

      You funny!!

  • Miranda

    Radio Station Pulls Rick Ross and Lil Wayne from Rotation

    The questions have been asked, Is Hip Hop Music Destroying America, Is Hip Hop A Threat To Our Children or Should Rappers Be Accountable For Their Lyrics? You be the judge. Earlier this year the song “Karate Chop” leaked online featuring rapper Lil Wayne. He raps, “Bout to put rims on my skateboard wheels/Beat that (expletive/woman genital) up like Emmett Till.” A few weeks later a song by rapper Rocko featuring Rick Ross was release called “You Don’t Even Know It.” Rick Ross raps, “Put molly all in her champagne, she ain’t even know it/ I took her home and I enjoyed that, she ain’t even know it.” Yes, we have our freedom of speech right, but when is freedom of speech taken too far?

    more here: http://raprehab.com/radio-station-pulls-rick-ross-and-lil-wayne-from-rotation/

    • trose1

      Rick Ross and Lil Wayne can rap about bitches and hoes til the cows come on. We don’t have to play it on the radio stations.
      I am glad they took it off.

  • lamh36

    Ok, seriously, when did Dwayne go from being this geeky dude with flip up eye glasses to being this sexy heartthrob that was so irresistible to Whitley…lol. Oh and isn’t it interesting that Jaleesa was escorted down the aisle by her future husband Col Taylor????

    #ADifferentWorld

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      That was always my question. The transition was way too abrupt for my taste.

      • lamh36

        Oh, I think it was gradual once Denise left. Then they built the Whitley/Dwayne relationship fairly gradually. The beginning of the 2nd season I think is when they added Kim and Freddie and began to “rehabilitate” Whitley’s character and then slow-burned the Whitley/Dwayne thing. Then it culminated with the ep where the went to visit Denis and Dwayne and Whitley kissed for the first time. Then they just flirted and didn’t really “date” until after Dwayne came from Japan.

        Anyway, I think it just seems so sudden cause of how geeky DWayne was in Season1, especially with women. In fact, other than with Whitley, Dwayne was still kinda geeky with women.

        ETA: Damn, that was way more than needed to be said…lol. I just love ADW so don’t get me started…lol

        • vulcan_girl

          I never liked rehabilitated Whitley. I loved, take no-shyt-thinks Denise is an idiot-Millicent do my bidding- princess Whitley. Whitley just became a little too dumb when she was dating Byron and Dwayne.

          • lamh36

            yeah they did dumb her down, but once she and Dwayne broke up and she got with Byron, I think they at least made her attempt to grow up. If I remember correctly, Dwayne was her “first”, so her whole life was Dwayne. I remember that feeling from my sisters. Once Dwayne “emotionally cheated” on her with that chick, they seemed to try to make her grow up a bit.

        • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

          I think you hit it. It was more her makeover than his.

    • Town

      Dwayne didn’t buy into Whitley’s Miss Magnolia Southern Belle Bougie Queen BS and that excited & intrigued Whitley. She was bored by the Julian & Sen. Byron types. Dwayne was excited/intrigued by Whitley’s Miss Magnolia persona but he didn’t put up with her BS. He would’ve been alright with a Kinu/Kimberly Reese type but he would’ve been bored by them long term.

  • Miranda

    Really good news for Dems.

    Dick Morris Says He Is Working On An RNC Ad Aimed At Latinos

    Dick Morris is working with Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus on a new television advertisement that will include Preibus seeking to attract Latino voters, Morris revealed during an appearance in New York City Thursday.

    Speaking at the Poli Conference, a political consulting event for Latin American campaign professionals, Morris said the ad will feature Priebus reaching out to “those Latin Americans who’ve come to the United States to help us build our country, to help harvest our food, to help make our economy work and [Priebus'] message is ‘welcome, we need you, you’re making our country younger, more prosperous, harder working and we need you for the future.'”

    According to Morris, the ad will make use of “that concept of reflecting back to people their own value and their own worth. In the advertisement he [Priebus] says, ‘we honor our ancestors who took covered wagons to settle the west and brave the Indians, but you are the new pioneers, you are the new people in America doing that.’ And I think that is a very, very interesting thing to do in a campaign.”

    more here: http://mediamatters.org/blog/2013/03/28/dick-morris-says-he-is-working-on-an-rnc-ad-aim/193336

    • Aquagranny911

      Sweet blushing baby Jesus!!! I don’t know whether to laugh or cry…

      • Alma98

        He’s coming for ya AG! Run! lol

        • Aquagranny911

          Dang! I’m way too old to pick lettuce any more.

          • Alma98

            LOL!!!

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      Yeah this will work.

      • Aquagranny911

        Why not? The image of brown people marching across the prairies, fighting the “Indians” for a share in their casinos sure caught my attention.

        (Just an aside but these GOP should not be left out alone without a keeper.)

  • Alma98

    Hilarious and oh so true. http://www.twccustomerservice.com/

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

    Hmm…

    Priest Denies Role of Pope Francis in His Imprisonment During Military Junta

    A priest who was imprisoned for five months during Argentina’s military
    dictatorship has issued a statement clearing Jorge Manuel Bergoglio —
    now Pope Francis — of playing a role in his arrest. Francisco Jalics was addressing reports Bergoglio had passed along information about him and another Jesuit priest that led to their detention and torture. He said, “I myself was once inclined to believe that we were the victims of a
    denunciation.” But he said, “At the end of the ’90s, after numerous
    conversations, it became clear to me that this suspicion was unfounded. It is therefore wrong to assert that our capture took place at the initiative of Father Bergoglio.” alics’ statement appears to contradict what he originally told Argentine journalist Horacio Verbitsky. Verbitsky appeared recently on Democracy Now!
    and said Jalics confirmed a report by the second priest, Orlando Yorio,
    who is now dead, that Bergoglio was involved in their imprisonment.

    MORE: http://www.democracynow.org/2013/3/28/headlines#3288

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda – —UH! — OH! — – -REV. AL – -is “GOIN’ IN ON” —SayPay- AKA – –“Mama Grizzly”- –LOL – – -DOUBLE “EPIC FAIL” – —

    – —-STILL STOOPID —geesh!!

  • lamh36

    Wait a minute? I totally don’t remember Scooter proposing to Khadijah? I remember him coming back, but not the proposal? Hmm, maybe I’m remembering the final episode?

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda – – -***looks around*** — -Annnnnd — -the CONSTABULARY were – –WHERE??- —

    – –Men With Loaded Rifles Intimidate Moms Gathered At Gun Safety Rally- —

    – —Several men with assault rifles and hand guns crashed a Mayor’s Against Illegal Guns National Day to Demand Action event in
    Indianapolis, Indiana on Thursday and stood silently as the state chapter of Moms Demand Action held a rally in favor of limiting the availability of military style weapons and universal background checks.

    At least two or three men showed up at the rally site before the event began and engaged in a discussion about gun regulations with the group, two participants in the action told Think Progress. The armed men —who were later joined by another man carrying a hand gun and a woman who runs Indiana Moms Against Gun Control — insisted that they had a right to carry the loaded weapons:
    THERE IS MORE

    NOW COMPARE THIS: — –

    – –THEY R -“INTIMIDATING”! — -with a NIGHT STICK!!

    C da RACISM!!??? – – — YT – -B —RIGHT! —geesh!!

  • lamh36

    could someone tell me what this Obama/Montosaro(sp?) business that’s flooding my FB timeline all about?

    • jziglar

      p.ost.im/p/dxTKXx Another right wing organization peddles a lie and the emo left buys into hook line and sinker. The link to that story tells the truth.

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

    Obama Order Establishes Bipartisan Voting Commission
    By PETER BAKER

    President Obama signed an executive order on Thursday establishing a bipartisan commission to examine problems of voter access after complaints of long lines at polling stations during last year’s election.

    Mr. Obama promised during his State of the Union address last month
    that he would appoint such a panel, saying that “we are betraying our
    values” if voters end up sacrificing their franchise “because they can’t
    wait for five, six, seven hours just to cast their ballot.”

    The commission will be headed by the lawyers for last year’s presidential campaigns: Robert Bauer, who represented Mr. Obama, and Benjamin Ginsberg, who represented his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney. Mr. Bauer has long been Mr. Obama’s legal adviser and served a stint as his White House counsel. In addition to Mr. Romney, Mr. Ginsberg represented former President George W. Bush during both of his campaigns and the 2000 recount.

    MORE: http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/03/28/obama-order-establishes-bipartisan-voting-commission/

    • Guns3000

      Great idea but will they have any power to change things?

  • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

    Rick Scott is a card:

    “When President Obama comes to the PortMiami tomorrow, we would like him to commit the federal government’s reimbursement of $75 million for
    this project,” he said. “That reimbursement for state costs could then
    be reinvested in the State Transportation Fund and used for additional
    state port investments.”

    http://thehill.com/blogs/transportation-report/ports/290889-obama-to-visit-miami-port-friday-#ixzz2OsYSn3s1

    The guy who rejected federal money is begging for federal money. Again. Scott can talk tough and call it a reimbursement if he wants to but the reality is he’s sitting in the lobby doing a lot of sweating just before The Bank President calls him in the office.

    • Miranda

      Florida regrets this one, he will not be re-elected.

  • lamh36

    Not for nothing, but what is this phenomenon where people declare and post images, videos, etc of themselves in the act of doing blatantly illegal things.

    I’m on FB (mostly befriending family and close friends) and I have never had the urge to post things like that on public consumption. Is this a new phenomenon? And how does it affect law enforcement and prosecution of some of these things

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

    This mofo right chere! I doubt very seriously Kimani Gray’s mother changed her phone number just to avoid speaking to Bloomberg. He really needs to stop and shame on the NYT for trying to paint the family as ungrateful!

    A Mother’s Loss and a Mayor’s Unwelcome Sympathy
    By J. DAVID GOODMAN

    For several days and through various channels, the office of Mayor
    Michael R. Bloomberg, a firm advocate of gun control, as well as the
    mayor himself, had tried to contact the family of a Brooklyn 16-year-old who was killed by plainclothes officers after the police said he had pointed an illegally obtained revolver at them.

    It would have been an unusual moment of private condolences offered
    to the family of Kimani Gray: Mr. Bloomberg has described the deadly
    shooting as justified based on the police account.

    It is perhaps even more unusual that the efforts have, so far, been rebuffed by the mother of the teenager, Carol Gray.

    “We weren’t interested in the photo op,” said Kenneth J. Montgomery, a lawyer representing Ms. Gray. “In the totem pole of important things
    and important emotions, that would come somewhere at the bottom.”

    …“I give eulogies at cops’ funerals,” the mayor said. “I call parents
    when their kids are killed. You know, sometimes I don’t get to them.
    There’s this 16-year-old” – he said, referring to Mr. Gray – “I’ve
    tried, and the woman, the mother, is not taking any calls, changed her
    phone number so I can’t, but I did reach out.”

    MORE: http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/03/25/after-police-killing-family-rebuffs-mayors-attempts-to-offer-condolences/?partner=rss&emc=rss

    • Miranda

      Why is it unusual that she doesn’t want to meet with Bloomberg? F him.

    • Alma98

      He’s so full of shit! I’m glad she’s not going to let him use her to make himself look good.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda – — -SHE’s SWORN IN — –Shhhhhhhhhh —LOL —

    — -First female Secret Service director sworn in

    —- -Julia Pierson was sworn in Wednesday as the first female director of the Secret Service.

    Vice President Biden administered the oath at a small
    ceremony in the Oval Office.
    Pierson, a 30-year veteran of the service, had served as chief of staff to the director since 2008.

    “I have to say that Julia’s reputation within the service is extraordinary. She’s come up through the ranks — she’s done just about every job there is to do at the Secret Service,” President Obama
    said following the ceremony. “Obviously, she’s breaking the mold in terms of directors of the agency, and I think that people are all extraordinarily proud of her, and we have the greatest confidence in the wonderful task that lies ahead and great confidence she’s going to do a great job.”
    – – -CONGRATULATIONS. :>)

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

    Oh, so that’s why the NABJ isn’t saying too much about CNN’s racism. One of their own got a job.

    As CNN announces new morning anchor team, I note onscreen diversity often comes down to simply counting heads
    Eric Deggans, Times TV/Media Critic Thursday, March 28, 2013 7:09pm

    …Today, CNN announced the new team who will lead the morning show it has developed to replace Soledad O’Brien’s Starting Point at 9 a.m.: Chris Cuomo and Kate Bolduan, joined by news anchor Michaels Pereira. Judging by the photos and bio information circulated by CNN, Cuomo and Bolduan are white, while Pereira, who is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists, is not.

    MORE: http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/media/as-cnn-announces-new-morning-anchor-team-i-note-onscreen-diversity-often/2111871

    Here’s a pic of Ms. Pereira. She favors Soledad O’Brien: http://www.lasentinel.net/UserFiles/File/052611/Michaela%20Pereira.jpg

    • trose1

      Why is she a member if NABJ?

      • Miranda

        NABJ has members that are Dominician, Afro-Cuban, etc.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda — –HOW KOOL IS –THIS!? —:>)

    Key and Peele grace cover of New York Times Magazine – –

    – — Comedians Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele grace the cover of this week’s New York Times Magazine, entitled “Is Giving the Secret to Getting Ahead?”

    The Comedy Central duo illustrates the work of Wharton professor Adam Grant, and his theories on workplace dynamics.

    Key and Peele demonstrate the workplace altruism and the benefits of helping others.

    Click here to read the full article and view all pictures.

    —- Key & Peele: Obama Loses His S**T — – – – -LOL —THEY CRAY! – -CRAY!! — -:>) –

  • crazycanuck

    I saw the cutest thing today. Waiting for the light to change and listening to the street musician, a young girl about 2 or 3 crossed the street holding a teddy bear. She stopped her father and put her teddybear into the street musician guitar case. AWHHHHHHHHHHHH.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Ohhh — crazycanuck.. ***BIG HUG*** :>)
      —***tears*** annnd ***smiles*** —Makes my day. :>)

      Annnd — -“a LITTLE CHILD SHALL LEAD” —:>) – – –Bless her.♥

      THANK U. :>) – – — -good 2 C U. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda —–FOCUS on OUR BELOVED FIRST LADY♥

    —-First lady returns to Chicago to discuss youth violence-

    — - As Chicago continues to struggle with gang violence, the city plans to bring in the big guns for answers.
    First Lady Michelle Obama heads to Chicago April 10
    to address “youth empowerment,” according to a statement from the White House. If you’re wondering what the empowerment of youth means, look further into the announcement for the answer: Obama will attend a joint luncheon meeting to discuss “youth violence in Chicago.”

    It’s a familiar topic in a city that recently buried a 6-month-old girl killed in a shooting fueled by gangs. Obama herself attended a separate funeral for teen Hadiya Pendleton, killed at a park by a gang member. Pendleton’s parents even sat next to the first lady during President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address.
    – – –SNIP —
    When Obama returns to Chicago next month, she plans
    to join Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Allstate Corporation President Thomas J. Wilson and Loop Capital CEO James Reynolds, Jr., for lunch at The Hilton Chicago.

    THERE IS MORE. – —

    -BLESS U♥ 4 ALL YOUR EFFORTS on BEHALF of ALL PEOPLE. :>) -

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda – — -He said- – -THEY di-ent –“Show him da MONEY” – —

    – – ‘Judge Joe Brown’ Cancelled After 15 Seasons

    – – — -CBS Television Distribution has brought down the gavel on “Judge Joe Brown (pictured),” the second highest-rated court show in television syndication that stars the no-nonsense ajudicator Joe Brown, reports the Huffington Post.
    Reportedly, the cancellation took place as a result of not being able to come to a happy medium over Brown’s $20-million annual salary, which CBS was looking to trim because of the show’s dip in ratings.

    Even though all of the syndicated court shows have seen a decline in
    viewership, Brown’s half-hour daily program has maintained its No. 2 two spot behind the viewer favorite, “Judge Judy, ” whose No. 1 spot beats all of her competitors by a wide margin.

    Watch an episode of “Judge Joe Brown” here:
    THERE IS MORE – –
    —I’ll MISS him. —-:>) –

    –OBVIOUS QUESTION: – -WHAT is Judge Judy’s – -SALARY?

    • Guns3000

      It was over 40 million few years ago

      • GreenLadyHere

        THANK U Guns3000. :>) – —

        Somehow –I suspect that he wants 2 do some OTHER THINGS. :>) –

      • GreenLadyHere

        THANK U Guns3000. :>) – —

        Somehow –I suspect that he wants 2 do some OTHER THINGS. :>) –

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda —***tears*** annnd ***smiles*** —Knew that I would cry. :>) —

    – -President Obama Welcomes African Leaders –:>)-

    – -President welcomes President Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone, President Macky Sall of Senegal, President Joyce Banda of Malawi, and Prime Minister José Maria Pereira Neves of Cape Verde to the White House.

    — —- -CONGRATULATIONS 2 –THESE LEADERS :>) —

    —-THANK U —MR. “INTERNATIONAL” PRESIDENT. :>) – —-

    Pssssst –HATAS!—WHA’ was that AGAIN —’bout NOT doin’ anything 4 BLAH FOLKS. – –***tsk** –***eye roll*** —

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda — –She’s puttin’ down her MIC – —

    – -Barbara Walters Will Retire Next Year: Reports -[Deadline says she's out in 2014, and other sites confirm]-
    – – —
    Looks
    like Barbara Walters is ready to call it quits after 50-plus years in
    the TV business. Deadline first reported that the 83-year-old was poised to announce that she would retire in May 2014, and everyone from Page Six to USA Today to the Huffington Post
    has confirmed the scoop with independent sources.
    What’s unclear is
    whether Walters would maintain at least a partial presence at ABC, but
    she would definitely leave The View, along with Joy Behar and (probably) Elisabeth Hasselbeck. No word from Walters herself yet. Click for more.
    — – LoooooooNG —CAREER! – – -:>) –NICE. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda – — -MR. PRESIDENT on UNIVISION annnd TELEMUNDO – – —

    — – — -President Obama speaks with Univision and Telemundo- –

    – – -U.S. President Barack Obama had a clear message in interviews with two of America’s largest Spanish-language broadcast television networks on Wednesday: Immigration reform is coming soon.
    A group of lawmakers are close to working out the details of their proposal, Obama said.

    “I’m actually very optimistic that when they return in early April we
    will see a bill ready to move through the process,” he told Telemundo.

    “The most important thing is that we are seeing a strong compromise
    to resolve the problem,” he said. “I’ve got my own legislation, I’m
    prepared to step in, but I don’t think that’s going to be necessary.”

    In another interview that aired at the same time on Univision, the president made a similar point.”My sense is that they are close,” Obama told Univision. “My expectation is we’ll see a bill on the floor of the Senate next month.”

    His comments to Telemundo and Univision — in interviews that were conducted in English and aired in dubbed Spanish — were part of the
    president’s latest push to ignite congressional movement on immigration reform.

    THERE IS MORE. – – — HE STAYS – -Soooo BUSY :>) BLESS HIM. :>) – – —- -WATCHIN’. . . .

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda – – –MR. PRESIDENT expresses his CONCERNS 4 –MADIBA MANDELA. :>)- –

    – – -Obama on Mandela: ‘A hero to all of us’- –

    – — -President Obama wished Nelson Mandela a speedy recovery as the former South African president battles a lung infection.
    “Obviously, we’re all deeply concerned about Nelson Mandela’s
    health,” Obama told reporters Thursday after a meeting at the White House Thursday with a group of African leaders.

    “He’s a hero I think to all of us,” Obama said, according to a pool
    report. “I’m sure that I speak for the other leaders here. And we will be keeping him in our thoughts and prayers, and his entire family. He is as strong physically as he’s been in character and in leadership over so many decades, and hopefully he will, he will come out of this latest challenge.
    – — – –AMEN. :>)

    – – -Soweto Gospel Choir Blessed in Concert: Avulekile Amasango / One Love – – :>) – –[Would LOVE 2 SANG with THEM. :>)]

  • GreenLadyHere

    LOL – -FIRST — — -***HANDS THESE OUT***—LOL–

    Idris Elba says his upcoming Mandela biopic is ‘hands down the best

    While Nelson Mandela’s recent hospitalization
    has been garnering headlines, actor Idris Elba plans on making news of his own as he announced that he will be portraying the South African leader in an upcoming biopic.

    According to The Guardian, Elba believes the film to be the finest interpretation of Mandela yet, saying that the movie is “hands down the best.”

    “Not in terms of performance,” he clarifies. “But my film’s about his
    entire life. Anyone wanting to understand who Mandela was should go and watch my film.”

    Although the British-born actor is aware that his movie won’t be the first to portray Mandela’s story on the big screen, he does believe thatit will capture a more complete portrayal of the South African leader’s experiences.
    THERE IS MORE. —- —-***uses fan*** :>)-

  • GreenLadyHere