July 30, 2014

Thursday Open Thread: African-American Bankers

GOOD MORNING P.O.U.!

We continue our series on African-American Bankers….

 

RICHARD R. WRIGHT, SR.

(1855-1947)

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Citizens and Southern Bank and Trust Company

Philadelphia, PA

Richard Robert Wright Sr., college founder and banker, was born into slavery on May 16, 1855, near Dalton, Georgia. After the Civil War ended Wright’s mother moved with her son to Atlanta, Georgia where he attended the Storrs School, an institution founded by the American Missionary Association (AMA) to educate the children of the freedpeople.  Storrs was the forerunner of Atlanta University.  When retired Union General Oliver Otis Howard visited the school in 1868 and asked the students what message he should take to the North, Wright replied with the words, “Sir, tell them we are rising.”

Richard R. Wright standing in front of the Citizens and Southern Bank and Trust (Photo: John Mosley Collection, Courtesy Charles L. Blockson Afro American Collection, Temple University)

Richard R. Wright standing in front of the Citizens and Southern Bank and Trust (Photo: John Mosley Collection, Courtesy Charles L. Blockson Afro American Collection, Temple University)

In 1876, Wright was named valedictorian at Atlanta University’s first commencement ceremony. He would study at a number of other institutions over his lifetime including Harvard, Columbia, the University of Chicago, Oxford University, and the University of Pennsylvania. Also in 1876 Wrighte married Lydia Elizabeth Howard of Columbus, Georgia.  The couple had nine children.

In 1891 Wright founded the Georgia State Industrial College for Colored Youth in Savannah, Georgia.  It is now known as Savannah State University.  He served as its first president from 1891 to 1921.  Wright developed a curriculum at Georgia State Industrial College that included elements of the classical liberal arts and vocational education.   Wright’s balanced approach to black higher education engendered considerable support and brought diverse lecturers to the campus including Booker T. Washington, Mary McLeod Bethune, and Mary Church Terrell.  U.S. Presidents William McKinley and William Howard Taft also visited the campus.  By the end of Wright’s presidency in 1921, Wright was considered an important leader in higher education for blacks. By the end of Wright’s tenure, the college had grown to over 400 students in contrast to the eight students who entered in 1891.

On December 18, 1896, Wright became a founding member of the American Negro Academy, the leading organization of African American intellectuals at that time.  He remained a member until the organization’s demise in 1928.   

Wright took a leave-of-absence in May 1898 after the Spanish American War began.  He was commissioned a major in the U.S. Army and appointed paymaster of the United States Volunteers in the United States Army, by President William McKinley.  Wright was the first African American to be named paymaster of the Army and the highest ranking African American officer during the War.  

In 1921 Wright at the age of 67 retired from the Presidency of Georgia State Industrial College and moved to Philadelphia to open a bank.   After taking classes at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, he founded Philadelphia’s Citizens and Southern Bank and Trust Company.  At that time it was the only African American owned bank in the North and the first African American Trust Company.  In 1927 Wright and Durham, North Carolina banker C.C. Spaulding formed the National Bankers Association, the first organization of black-owned banks in the U.S.   Wright’s bank survived the Great Depression and continued to grow slowly.  In 1957 it had assets of $5.5 million when it was sold to a group of African American investors.

Wright, in his eighties, also led the effort to create National Freedom Day, to commemorate President Abraham Lincoln signing the 13th Amendment on February 1, 1865.  As he argued, it was this measure rather than the Emancipation Proclamation which freed all American slaves.   One year after his death, both houses of the U.S. Congress passed a bill to make February 1 National Freedom Day.  The measure was signed into law by President Truman on 1948 and helped give impetus to national recognition for Black History Week and Black History Month.

Richard Robert Wright, Sr. died in Philadelphia in 1947. He was 94.

(SOURCE: Blackpast.org)

  • crazycanuck

    Good Morning POU, hope everyone has a great day.

    • rikyrah

      Good Morning, crazycanuck and Everyone :)

    • GreenLadyHere

      GOOD THURSDAY MORNTIN’ crazycanuck. ***BIG HUG** :>)

      – - – - -U have a good day –also. :>) I O U :>) — -B BLESSED♥. :>)

      • rikyrah

        damn GLH…that’s a good looking breakfast

        • GreenLadyHere

          Good MornTin’ rikyrah. ***BIG HUG** :>)
          THANK U. :>) I usta do this more often afta CC said that she needed a “betta” breakfast. LOL

          Please feel free 2 SHARE. :>)
          Good 2 C U. :>) – -

  • rikyrah

    Here is what The Field Negro had to say about the situation in Cleveland:

    The po po in Cleveland was playing more defense than the 1985 Bears at their news conference today.

    One thing is certain, they did not give the people in that neighborhood where those girls were found the same attention they would have given the citizens of a more affluent neighborhood in Cleveland.

    I believe that those people called the po po about that house, and I believe that the po po ignored those calls or downplayed them. I might be wrong, but I doubt it.

    http://field-negro.blogspot.com/2013/05/news-day.html#.UYud2c4o7cs

    • Town

      Just like with Jeffrey Dahmer.

    • gn

      That’s exactly right. You nailed this point yesterday rikyrah.

    • Guns3000

      One thing is certain, they did not give the people in that
      neighborhood where those girls were found the same attention they would
      have given the citizens of a more affluent neighborhood in Cleveland.

      No shit Captain Obvious

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

        I think his point is in response to a few people, like Amanda Marcotte at Slate, finding it hard to believe that the police would ignore calls or accusing Castro’s neighbors of embellishing their stories.

  • rikyrah

    AAmom @AVD911

    boom!Poll: Ed Markey leads Gabriel Gomez by 17 points in MA Senate special election | http://masslive.com http://www.masslive.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/05/poll_ed_markey_leads_gabriel_g.html

    10:13 PM – 8 May 2013

    • Town

      Yea, and Elizabeth Colbert Busch led Appalachian Trail by 9 points before the election and lost by 9 points after the election. Democrats cannot rest. That’s why we had Scott Brown in the first place.

      • qosine

        That sounds like a Mitt Romney winning poll.
        Teddy Kennedy won because he fought hard
        in every election. See Romney vs. Kennedy

      • Alma98

        Apparently during the debate she said she supported gay marriage. And in SC that’s a big no no, they’re one of the states that has very low support for ssm. Other than lie I don’t know what she could have done.

        • qosine

          I think the tide turned when Sanford did the Nancy Pelosi cardboard stunt. I thought it was stupid, but he knows his audience way better than I do. The Pelosi image erased Colbert-Bush from the minds of SC voters. Pelosi works as the stand-in villain for all those “SF librul values” vs. “SC ‘heritage’ values.

        • conlakappa

          That he won by that margin is a testament to something. He should have cleaned the floor with her, as would be expected in that district. I’d bet dollars to doughnuts he’ll be taken out by someone in his party who has TP-like ways.

          • Alma98

            True.

  • gn

    I’m harping on this story, I know, but I still can’t get over the maliciousness of the media going into Charles Ramsey’s past. Seriously, you can look at him and tell that there’s some substance abuse (and the severe mistakes which come with it) in his past. And maybe some pot smoking in his present. Why tear down the good samaritan who never sought anyone to co-sign his life in the first place? F- the smoking gun, and Tina Brown is an arsehole. Happy Thursday POU! (weeks seem to be flying by these days!)

    • Miranda

      We just have to keep lifting him up in prayer and tweeting back to the media harpies that we are watching and won’t tolerate their bitchassness.

    • conlakappa

      That is ridiculous. It will make good people reluctant to help when they know they’ll face scrutiny. Should we dig up her skanky past? Flatbackers have no room to ascend high horses.

      • gn

        lmao @ “flatbackers” hahaha are you insinuating that Ms. Brown obtained her professional position…while in the vertical position? Why that would make her a scallywag, wouldn’t it? In seriousness, I had to edit that comment because it read too “him look like a junkie!!” but really, you can tell that Charles Ramsey was not handed a privileged life and has had some bumps and bruises. No reason to point that out other than maliciousness. I’ll take folk heroes over the media’s fake heroes any day of the week.

        • conlakappa

          Play-cousin, if I’m saying she put the ho in horizontal, I think it’s more than an insinuation! Let’s just say there was overlap with her marital predecessor. Allegedly. He’s a geezer who’d been with the predecessor a long time, IIRC.

          Yep, if you have one family member who’s had substance problems, you can recognize a road well worn on someone’s face.

          • gn

            she put the ho in horizontal

            Bad lounge is that way————————–> do not pass go, do not collect $200. I don’t understand how you escaped permanent residency there in the first place.

          • conlakappa

            Fine, I’m going, I’m going… But the Admiral always leaves such a mess, it’s riddled with Cheetos dust! Where’s that tequila bottle that A-granny left?

    • malletgirl02

      It is apt that you use “good samaritan” to describe him. It is important to note in the story in the bible none of the so called good people help the guy that was beat up and left for dead on the road. It was a so called “despised” Samaritan who help the man. In the time of the bible Samaritans were looked down upon, and that is why the story is so noteworthy. In the same vein none of the so called up right people help the girls. The one who help them was the one with the criminal record.

      • gn

        Yes, yes, and more yes. Your comment is past on point, Malletgirl.

  • GreenLadyHere

    GOOD THURSDAY MORNTIN’ Sepia/POU FAM♥ ***BIG HUG*** :>) – -HOW INSPIRING! :>) HE SPOKE THESE WORDS –“Sir, tell them we are rising.” –THANK U SEPIA♥ 2-DAY — MR. PRESIDENT WILL B – -”ON DA ROAD” 2 –SPEAK on TECHNOLOGY. :>) – -

    — – -☻He Was a FIRST! — woo! Hoo!
    - — —- – - -☺In 1876, Wright was named -valedictorian at Atlanta University’s first commencement ceremony
    - – – – — – - -☺He served as its first president from 1891 to 1921.
    - — – — – –☺Wright was the first African American to be named paymaster of the Army. . . -
    - – - ☻In “DA STRUGGLE” –HE GAVE BACK:
    – ——- -☺In 1891 Wright founded the Georgia State Industrial College for Colored Youth in Savannah, Georgia. It is now known as Savannah State University.
    ——- – - -☺On December 18, 1896, Wright became a founding member of the American Negro Academy,. . .

    – - -☻MR. PRESIDENT- –in Austin, Texas: –Woo! Hoo! :)>
    - — – — -☺1:45 PM -Obama tours classrooms at Manor New Technology High School.2:05 PM – -Obama delivers remarks at Manor New Technology – -Obama delivers remarks. :>)

    – — -ENJOY YOUR TREAT. :>) – -B BLESSED 2-DAY :>) —[Again -- -THANK I Sepia♥ :>)]

  • rikyrah

    Why Do They Hate the FLOTUS?

    by Steven D
    Thu May 9th, 2013 at 08:13:29 AM EST

    Check out the comments to the screenshots of these photo tweets by Michelle Obama and Pro Football sensation, Colin Kaepernick posted at this San Francisco 49er Fan Blog. Compared to some comments I’ve seen regarding her, these are actually pretty tame, but still the nastiness is raw and palpable. She’s called a hag, fat, a vampire, classless, and one person suggests she is flashing gang signs. The way they talk you’d think she killed a former boyfriend and got away without even a slap on the wrist. Oh wait, that was someone entirely different who was greatly esteemed while her husband held office. You know, the guy who had to call off a trip to Europe for fear of being arrested as a war criminal.

    I simply don’t know what Michele Obama did that is deserving of such animosity. Do you (yes, that’s a rhetorical question folks)?

    http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2013/5/9/81329/65431#2

    • Miranda

      The more these nuts hate, the more loved she is by the masses.

      • conlakappa

        Yep. I got the report back from my mother about seeing the First Lady on Tuesday. People stood in the rain to see this woman and she was beauty and good nature walking. My mother said she asked how long my mother had stood in the rain and my mother said, “It doesn’t matter–it was worth it to see you.”

        • qosine

          SO happy for your mother! What a marvelous response.

    • Alma98

      Sigh…. The comments, why must white folks drag Hillary or the Clinton’s into articles like this. It’s getting on my damn nerves, there is no comparison of how the first black couple is being treated and the Clinton’s mess.

  • rikyrah

    Matt Murphy @MattMurph24

    Jason Chaffetz and Darrell Issa are the new leaders of Bullshit Mountain. #benghazihearing

    10:09 PM – 8 May 2013

  • rikyrah

    Karen Heller: Tiny church unintimidated by hate message

    By Karen Heller, Inquirer Columnist
    Posted: May 08, 2013

    The sign adjacent to historic Mount Zion A.M.E. Church in Woolwich Township, a one-story white frame building, usually reads, “All Are Welcome.”

    But on Sunday, parishioners discovered vandals had scrambled the letters to produce “No Nigers Welcome.”

    So the hoodlums were racist and stupid.

    But they were meddling with the wrong church.

    All 11 congregants.

    “I thought people had gotten past that,” said the Rev. Myrtle Daniels, who was a Freedom Rider in Mississippi in the 1960s before moving north for school and a more tolerant racial climate. “I am incensed. It’s not something that I intend to let die on the vine.”

    Mount Zion has survived plenty.

    http://articles.philly.com/2013-05-08/news/39117975_1_mount-zion-historic-places-baptist-church

    • Miranda

      “We shall not be moved”……….I don’t think some of these little klan wingers understand what that really means.

    • MsKitty

      This is in my neck of the woods. Sad to say I’m not surprised because there are some areas of South Jersey that could easily be confused with Appalachia.

  • rikyrah

    Killing Our Credit Rating

    by BooMan
    Thu May 9th, 2013 at 09:27:16 AM EST

    Today, the House will vote on a bill that would authorize the Treasury Department to prioritize debt payments in the event that the debt limit is exceeded. The bill has no chance in the Senate and would be vetoed by the president in the unlikely event that it landed on his desk. So, the bill is a 100% ass-covering exercise. But will it really cover their ass? It seems to me that the mere discussion of prioritizing debt payments might be enough to warrant another downgrade in our credit rating.
    Just imagine if you loaned money to someone and then overheard them talking about how they couldn’t pay off all their debts. You’d like to know that your loan is a high priority, but how willing would you be to make another loan?

    The credit rating agencies operate with the same logic. Any discussion of partial default is ample reason to downgrade our rating.

    http://www.boomantribune.com/comments/2013/5/9/92716/97419/0/post#here

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia — -THIS PIECE of EXCREMENT – - – -YUCK!! —

    – –Ariel Castro arraigned on kidnap, rape charges -
    - – – Ariel Castro, the 52-year-old former school bus driver who owned the Cleveland home where three women were held captive for almost a decade, was arraigned Thursday on charges of four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape.
    - –SNIP – -

    –FROM ANOTHER ARTICLE: – -Ariel Castro held on $8 million bail for Cleveland kidnappings
    THERE IS MORE
    –***furrowed brow*** — -I don’t believe that his family/brothers had NO KNOWLEDGE of his actions!! —THEY were RELEASED!! –WHA’!!?? – –A little more MELANIN?? — -ERRYBODY would B held -IMHO. – — WATCHIN’ — – -

  • Miranda

    *snicker*

    McConnell borrows Obama tactics for 2014
    By Alexandra Jaffe - 05/09/13 05:00 AM ET

    Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is taking a page from President Obama’s reelection playbook for his own campaign — embracing Internet memes, data mining and cinematic storytelling.

    “They set the gold standard for digital engagement in 2012,” Jesse Benton, McConnell’s campaign manager, said of the Obama team.

    “I think it’s just natural that you look to your competitor to find best practices, implement what they’re doing that’s the best and try to find additional, new things on your own to improve that.”

    McConnell’s effort is born out of political necessity.

    The Senate minority leader, who is seeking a sixth term in 2014, is saddled by low approval ratings that rank him as one of the country’s least popular senators

    Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/298659-mcconnell-borrows-obama-tactics-for-14#ixzz2SnmNoVk8

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

      But it won’t help because…well…McConnell ain’t PBO.

      • qosine

        True, true

      • conlakappa

        Not the compassion, not the energy, not the intelligence, and lipless. Mine away, Sen. The Hooded Claw.

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

      But it won’t help because…well…McConnell ain’t PBO.

  • Guns3000

    Cleveland Hero Was A Repeat Domestic Abuser
    Charles Ramsey battered his wife, did prison time for three attacks

    MAY 8–The Cleveland man credited with helping free female captives
    from a house of horrors is a convicted felon whose rap sheet includes
    three separate domestic violence convictions that resulted in prison
    terms, court records show.

    Charles Ramsey, whose 911 call and subsequent TV interviews have made
    him a microcelebrity, was once a repeat spousal abuser whose marriage
    ended in divorce following a 2003 felony conviction for battering his wife.

    Ramsey, 43, has said that when he heard captive Amanda Berry
    screaming and trying to escape from neighbor Ariel Castro’s home on
    Monday, “I figured it’s a domestic violence dispute.” Ramsey has also
    reportedly said that he went to help Berry because he “was raised to
    help women in distress.”

    http://www.thesmokinggun.com/documents/cleveland-hero-charles-ramsey-8702415

    Here we go

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good MornTIn’ Guns3000. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

      —Joinin’ U – -***S-I-G-H!!** – —

      THIS: – – Ramsey has also reportedly said that he went to help Berry because he “was raised to help women in distress.”
      Despite the -”history” that they R”dredging up”, — AT THAT MOMENT —he REMEMBERED WHAT he was taught!! –Annnnd – -I’m SURE that those 3 ladies annnnd child R GRATEFUL!! – –

      —No matter HOW HARD some people R tryin’ – -his HEROIC ACTIONS —CANNOT B DIMINISHED!! — HE SAVED 4 LIVES!

      Good 2 C U Guns3000. :>)

    • MsKitty

      On the upside most of the commenters are letting TSG have it with both barrels, as they should.

      • Guns3000

        Thanks for point that out. I didn’t even bother looking. People understand shit happens in life. I’m 32 if I was the same person I was as 16 I’d be sitting in some privatized prison cell eating bologna sandwiches. Look at Mark Sanford. I disagree but I understand.

    • gn

      They just look churlish to me. Most people could tell, but were not a-holish enough to discuss, that Charles Ramsey has lived hard at some point in his life. I think them blowing up this story is malicious and trollish.

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

      I’m giving Rochelle Ramsey, his ex, a MAJOR side eye. Like Lamh said in the Evening Thread, when Tina Turner left Ike, she was done with him completely. But here Rochelle go posting pics of him on Facebook, talking to TSG and complaining about child support. I think she’s looking for money, thinking Mr. Ramsey’s about to get paid. Maybe someone needs to dig into her past?

      • Guns3000

        He probably got done watching The Color Purple and took Celie’s advice to Harpo too seriously.

      • Guns3000

        He probably got done watching The Color Purple and took Celie’s advice to Harpo too seriously.

    • http://twitter.com/Tafr4 Tafr

      Yesterday the word hero was in quotation marks. I wonder why they changed that??? Must be getting hot in that kitchen.

    • Alma98

      This whole thing remind me of when Gabby Douglas started winning. The msm went digging into her past, they really hate black people being thought of as human beings.

      • gn

        I remember that; they went into her mother’s finances even.

        • conlakappa

          Those negros are always going to be trifling, you know…

          • gn

            I seem to remember a bitter ex-coach or gym owner who got a media perch to throw some shade at them too.

          • conlakappa

            I’m talking about why it’s fair game to consider them fair game. Gabby, Mr. Ramsey, etc. are “Those negros” in my comment.

          • gn

            Yeah, no I got it. A little slow at the uptake these days but I understood. Just remembering more of the days when the media was up in Gabby Davis’ business to an extent that they gave a media perch to that ex-coach. Negros are considered fair game is absolutely right.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia – - -THIS is what happened at DINNER: —:>) -

    – –Obama, House Democrats talk jobs, deficit reduction – -
    – – — -President Obama dined with House Democratic leaders Wednesday night in Washington, the latest leg of his congressional outreach campaign amid aseries of high-stakes debates on Capitol Hill.
    - – - SNIP – -
    – — -the group discussed an array of issues, including job creation,
    deficit reduction, education and the ongoing investigation into last
    month’s Boston Marathon bombings, according to a White House official.

    “The group also discussed progress being made on a number of other issues including passing comprehensive immigration reform [and] commonsense measures to reduce gun violence,” the official added.

    Joining the president were Democratic Reps. Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), Steny Hoyer (Md.), James Clyburn (S.C.), Joseph Crowley (N.Y.), Chris Van Hollen (Md.), Rosa DeLauro (Conn.), Rob Andrews (N.J.), Steve Israel (N.Y.) and Mike Thompson (Calif.).
    THERE IS MORE.

    NOW — -WITH a LITTLE HELP – - -HE/THEY can get — -MORE THINGS DONE!! – - –WATCHIN. . .
    [Gotta "bounce". :>) - -MISSIN' U/CARRYIN' U --IN MY♥ B BLESSED♥]

    • qosine

      Good to See Chris Van Hollen in this group. He’s good at
      presenting Dem positions in Congress and on TV. I check
      out the Congressional Record to see how well reps/sens
      hold their own, and he’s very, very good.

      • conlakappa

        He’s my new rep, due to redistricting, but I haven’t met or heard from his office yet. I saw Donna Edwards’s mug on with Colbert talking about the President wanting to cut Social Security. I thought, yep, this is why I’m not unhappy to be out of your district now. Repetition of lefty bull without interrogation. Rock on, Donna!

        • qosine

          I hope he’s a good rep for your district, conlakappa (ie. constituent services )
          I’m interested in your view. Yes, Donna
          Edwards was a Kos favorite, who sound
          just like the GOP (PBO’s cutting SS).

  • Miranda

    Connecticut gun rights group smears father of boy killed at Sandy Hook

    A small Connecticut gun rights group gained attention on Wednesday after issuing a press release that smeared the father of a boy killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

    Connecticut Carry released a “rap sheet” of Neil Heslin, listing his multiple arrests for driving under the influence and conviction for felony narcotics possession. The group also published a document entitled “Neil Heslin’s Troubled Past,” which included lawsuits related to foreclosure, collection efforts, and child support.

    “So often we find that the strongest critics of the right to bear arms are those people who cannot be trusted with firearms themselves,” the nonprofit group wrote it its statement. “A felon within arm’s reach of the president of the administration so dead set on background checks. No better testimony to how ineffective background checks are needs to be presented.”

    more here: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/05/08/connecticut-gun-rights-group-smears-father-of-boy-killed-at-sandy-hook/

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

      These muthafathers are RUTHLESS.

      When PBO said some people cling to their guns, he was right and this is proof of that.

  • rikyrah

    Boehner Accidentally Explains Why His Deficit Position Is Phony

    Yesterday, in an interview with Bloomberg Television, House Speaker John Boehner warned that the U.S. government must balance its budget. After all, he said:

    We have spent more than what we have brought into this government for 55 of the last 60 years. There’s no business in America that could survive like this. No household in America that could do this. And this government can’t do this.

    It’s hard to think of better evidence for the sustainability of budget deficits than the fact that we have run them for 55 of the last 60 years. If our fiscal practices haven’t caught up to us after 60 years, when will they? Or does Boehner take a David Stockman-like position that the last several decades of American advancement have in fact been a ghastly failure?

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-05-08/boehner-accidentally-explains-why-his-deficit-position-is-phony.html

  • rikyrah

    With a whimper

    By Steve Benen
    Thu May 9, 2013 7:48 AM EDT

    Issa over-promised and under-delivered. The dramatic hearing that Republicans and Fox News hoped to use to bring down the Obama presidency and permanently derail Hillary Clinton’s still-unknown ambitions did neither — there’s still no conspiracy; there’s still no cover-up; there’s still no political scandal.

    This is not to say we learned nothing from the hearing. When I read through transcripts and watched the back and forth betweeen lawmakers and witnesses last night, it was clear that Gregory Hicks, the former U.S. diplomat in Libya and Issa’s star witness, offered details of the attack itself that were riveting and previously unreported. That said, in terms of the larger story, the details may have been fascinating, but they didn’t break new ground. Indeed, conservative allegations that Hicks’ perspective had been deliberately suppressed as part of a cover-up is absurd — he’d already spoken at length to the independent panel that investigated the attack.

    So what was the point of yesterday’s theatrics, beyond giving far-right activists a morale boost and giving Fox News a ratings boost? What do we know now that we didn’t know 24 hours ago? Eight months after the attack itself, I know Republicans think there’s been a cover-up, but I haven’t the foggiest idea what it is they think has been covered up. For all the talk of a political “scandal,” no one seems capable of pointing to anything specific that’s scandalous. For all the conspiracy theories, there’s no underlying conspiracy to be found.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/05/09/18145168-with-a-whimper?lite

  • rikyrah

    The `you didn’t build that’ argument makes a comeback

    Posted by Greg Sargent on May 8, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    The battle over Obama’s “you didn’t build that” speech was central to the 2012 election, embodying a larger clash of ideas between Obama and Mitt Romney over the proper role of government in facilitating economic growth and over the true nature of individual achievement. Whether or not this particular argument was decisive, Obama won the election by a solid margin, suggesting Romney’s attack — that it showed Obama is hostile to private sector innovation and success — didn’t really carry much weight.

    Now a new form of this argument has made a comeback — in the Massachusetts Senate race. It all started with this new ad from longtime Democratic Congressman Ed Markey, in which he touts his work passing a bill overhauling federal tele-communications laws, which a Boston Globe editorial credited with “the creation of millions of jobs — including many in Massachusetts.” Here’s the spot:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/05/08/the-you-didnt-build-that-argument-makes-a-comeback/

  • Miranda

    Sen. Mike Lee offers an amendment to the proposed immigration bill that exempts from prosecution people who hire illegal immigrants – as long as the job is serving rich white folk basically:

    ___________________________

    It’s apparently really hard to find good (cheap) help these days, so Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah)has a modest proposal: Let’s allow unauthorized immigrants to work—but only if they’re doing low-paid domestic service jobs. Lee’s amendment would exempt “services performed by cooks, waiters, butlers, housekeepers, governessess, maids, valets, baby sitters, janitors, laundresses, furnacemen, care-takers, handymen, gardeners, footmen, grooms, and chauffeurs of automobiles for family use” from “prohibitions on unlawful employment of unauthorized aliens.

    http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2013/05/republicans-flood-immigration-bill-dumb-amendments

  • Miranda

    Sen. Mike Lee offers an amendment to the proposed immigration bill that exempts from prosecution people who hire illegal immigrants – as long as the job is serving rich white folk basically:

    ___________________________

    It’s apparently really hard to find good (cheap) help these days, so Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah)has a modest proposal: Let’s allow unauthorized immigrants to work—but only if they’re doing low-paid domestic service jobs. Lee’s amendment would exempt “services performed by cooks, waiters, butlers, housekeepers, governessess, maids, valets, baby sitters, janitors, laundresses, furnacemen, care-takers, handymen, gardeners, footmen, grooms, and chauffeurs of automobiles for family use” from “prohibitions on unlawful employment of unauthorized aliens.

    http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2013/05/republicans-flood-immigration-bill-dumb-amendments

    • qosine

      That’s the ONLY reason goopers support immigration. This is their idea of the American Dream.

    • qosine

      That’s the ONLY reason goopers support immigration. This is their idea of the American Dream.

    • rikyrah

      they are who we thought they were.

    • Daltex82

      SMDH, because there are simply no words left to describe how truly low they are.

    • conlakappa

      Footmen? What century is this?

      • qosine

        Occupational Outlook Handbook for the Victorian Era? Laundress? Furnacemen?
        Chimney sweep jobs for orphans?

  • qosine

    I know, I know it’s Time, but PBO’s Chief of Staff Denis
    McDonough strategically interesting (to me). Reviewing your own work as if written by your opponents is a great way to bolster your case to deliver a strong product (intelligence briefing, WH budget, SCOTUS opinion).

    Top White House Aide Has A Secret Beer With Rep. Paul Ryan
    By Michael Scherer May 09, 2013

    “Borrowing from the intelligence community, McDonough has organized “red team” drills inside the West Wing to look for policy or political holes in the State of the Union Address and the budget. In both cases, staff were assigned to analyze the documents as if they were political opponents.”

    http://swampland.time.com/2013/05/09/top-white-house-aide-has-a-secret-beer-with-rep-paul-ryan/

    • Miranda

      The best offense is a good defense.

  • rikyrah

    I keep on saying it.

    The GOP is committing ECONOMIC TREASON against this country.

    …………………………..

    Chaos governing
    Posted by Greg Sargent on May 8, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    In today’s exercise in Fiscal Fraudulence, Republicans are making it clear they’ve decided they don’t want to enter into budget negotiations with Democrats until the debt ceiling deadline gets a good deal closer. ”The debt limit is the backstop,” Paul Ryan says. “I’d like to go through regular order and get something done sooner rather than later. But we need to get a down payment on the debt. We need entitlement reform.”

    In other words, Republicans know they don’t have the leverage to force spending cuts or tax reform right now — in standard budget negotiations – without agreeing to the increased revenues from the rich Obama and Democrats will insist on as conditions for any deficit reduction deal. So they would rather do nothing and wait until they can use the threat of default to game the process in their favor.

    This is the GOP strategy, explicitly and openly. Brian Beutler aptly sums up the dynamic:

    It really all comes down to the fact that Republicans can’t negotiate budget policy without the threat of a debt default looming over the whole process…Republicans don’t want to go to conference unconditionally because they’re concerned their position won’t hold politically and they’ll ultimately be forced to swallow a compromise that includes tax increases — unless the whole process gets swallowed by another debt limit fight.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/05/08/chaos-governing/

  • rikyrah

    I keep on saying it.

    The GOP is committing ECONOMIC TREASON against this country.

    …………………………..

    Chaos governing
    Posted by Greg Sargent on May 8, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    In today’s exercise in Fiscal Fraudulence, Republicans are making it clear they’ve decided they don’t want to enter into budget negotiations with Democrats until the debt ceiling deadline gets a good deal closer. ”The debt limit is the backstop,” Paul Ryan says. “I’d like to go through regular order and get something done sooner rather than later. But we need to get a down payment on the debt. We need entitlement reform.”

    In other words, Republicans know they don’t have the leverage to force spending cuts or tax reform right now — in standard budget negotiations – without agreeing to the increased revenues from the rich Obama and Democrats will insist on as conditions for any deficit reduction deal. So they would rather do nothing and wait until they can use the threat of default to game the process in their favor.

    This is the GOP strategy, explicitly and openly. Brian Beutler aptly sums up the dynamic:

    It really all comes down to the fact that Republicans can’t negotiate budget policy without the threat of a debt default looming over the whole process…Republicans don’t want to go to conference unconditionally because they’re concerned their position won’t hold politically and they’ll ultimately be forced to swallow a compromise that includes tax increases — unless the whole process gets swallowed by another debt limit fight.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/05/08/chaos-governing/

  • rikyrah

    Heritage Foundation: ‘Low IQ’ Immigrants are Parasites & Their ‘Unborn’ Children ….
    well, you fill in the blank

  • rikyrah

    Heritage Foundation: ‘Low IQ’ Immigrants are Parasites & Their ‘Unborn’ Children ….
    well, you fill in the blank

  • rikyrah

    Michael Hargrove @MichaelHargrov1

    If you are Dem and gonna run away from Pres O when campaigning, expect me to run away from you when election day comes.

    8:48 PM – 8 May 2013

    • qosine

      Hell yeah

  • rikyrah

    Matthews: Why ‘Empty’ Republicans Keep Digging into The Benghazi Attacks

  • rikyrah

    13 Benghazis That Occurred on Bush’s Watch Without a Peep from Fox News

    By Bob Cesca · May 08,2013

    The Republican inquisition over the attacks against Americans in Benghazi has never really gone away, but it appears as though in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing and the House Oversight Committee’s Benghazi hearings this week there’s renewed psycho-histrionics over Benghazi.

    Lindsey Graham and Fox News Channel in particular are each crapping their cages over new allegations from an alleged whistleblower, while they continue to deal in previously debunked falsehoods about the sequence of events during and following the attacks. Fox News is predictably helming the biggest raft of hooey on the situation — turning its attention to Hillary Clinton in an abundantly obvious early move to stymie her presidential run before it even begins.

    So I thought I’d revisit some territory I covered back in October as a bit of a refresher — especially since it appears as if no one, including and especially the traditional press, intends to ask any of these obnoxious, opportunistic liars about why they’re so obsessed by this one attack yet they entirely ignored the dozen-plus consulate/embassy attacks that occurred when George W. Bush and Dick Cheney were allegedly “keeping us safe.”

    http://thedailybanter.com/2013/05/13-benghazis-that-occurred-on-bushs-watch-without-a-peep-from-fox-news/

  • rikyrah

    Democrats say there’s a reason they’re not selling Obamacare yet

    Posted by Sarah Kliff on May 8, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Months before the law’s main components roll out, Republicans are reviving their campaign against Obamacare. Among health law supporters and journalists, the question now is: Why isn’t the Obama administration doing more to fight back?
    ………………………………………………….

    The law includes a lot of provisions that actually are popular, such as ending the practice of turning down applicants for preexisting conditions and subsidizing health insurance coverage. Why doesn’t the administration have an ad campaign celebrating those?

    I’ve put this question to top administration officials and advocates, and the answer tends to be this: If we start selling Obamacare now, we’re going to be raving about a product that doesn’t yet exist. That would, in turn, undermine the sales pitch they want to make in October, when enrollment in the new health plans opens.

    “We’ve done a lot of research on that,” Medicare administrator Marilyn Tavenner said when I asked about the outreach strategy. “Our research has shown if you go too early, you don’t have anything to offer, and people lose interest. It will be intense, but the timing is important.”

    Enroll America, a new nonprofit that will focus on Obamacare outreach, has also considered the timing of a public information blitz

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/05/08/democrats-say-theres-a-reason-theyre-not-selling-obamacare-yet/

    • qosine

      And PBO is great at timing.

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

    Lesson Learned! Charles Ramsey Says He’s A “Better Person” After Domestic Violence Arrests
    Posted 46 min 53 sec ago by Christina Coleman for Global Grind Staff

    This is truly Charles Ramsey’s redemption story.

    After news broke yesterday that Cleveland hero Charles Ramsey was involved in a handful of domestic violence arrests involving his ex-wife, he now tells TMZ that those same incidents changed his life for the better.

    …We spoke to Ramsey, who told us … “I’ve made amends with the people involved and we’ve all moved on and grown up.”

    Ramsey adds, “Those incidents helped me become the man I am today and are the reason why I try to help the community as much as I can … Including those women.”

    “If I had so much hatred for women, I would have minded my own
    business this week and walked away instead of risking my life to save
    someone else.”

    Read more: http://globalgrind.com/news/charles-ramsey-better-person-after-domestic-violence-arrests-details#ixzz2So8R7Gwf

    • gn

      Case closed.

      eta: @BillDoty
      Oh oh, Charles Ramsey has a criminal past. His rescue doesn’t count. Put the girls back and start over.

    • rikyrah

      the story of redemption…the basic of Christianity

    • qosine

      I know if I were solely defined by my last wrong act, why ever change? Why ever do a right act? Yes, rikyrah – redemption

    • Town

      He should be dragged for the rest of his life like Chris Brown.

  • Miranda

    Network TV Is Broken. So How Does Shonda Rhimes Keep Making Hits?

    “I love that the gay White House chief of staff is threatening to pretend the first lady is a closeted lesbian,” Shonda Rhimes said to a roomful of writers. “It is so wrong. In the best way.” Ten of the writers — seven men, three women, five plaid button-down shirts and two pairs of outsize hipster glasses frames — were sitting in her bright Hollywood office, pens in hand, scripts in laps, going through notes for the 20th episode of “Scandal,” Rhimes’s gonzo political melodrama, which is about to finish its second season on ABC.

    When “Scandal,” which is based very, very loosely on the life of the Washington crisis manager Judy Smith, had its debut last spring, it appeared to be a standard soapy procedural with a fizzy twist: the main character, the fierce Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington), was having a torrid interracial affair with the president of the United States, a Republican named Fitzgerald Grant (Tony Goldwyn). By the end of the first season, however, when the chief of staff was hiring an assassin to kill a former intern who slept with the president, the show had revealed itself to be much wilder than it initially seemed, a brash, addictive mixture of Douglas Sirk and realpolitik, and TV’s most outrageous spectacle.

    In the second season, there has been a waterboarding, an assassination attempt and a mail bomb. Three women, a gay man and a sleazy oil baron successfully stole a presidential election. The president personally murdered a Supreme Court justice. One of Olivia’s staff members, a C.I.A.-trained assassin and torturer, sits in on A.A. meetings because he has an addiction to killing people.

    more here: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/12/magazine/shonda-rhimes.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&smid=tw-share&

  • Miranda

    Of course he does.

    Rand Paul Wants to Loosen Laws on Offshore Tax Evasion

    Late Tuesday, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) introduced a bill that would repeal part of a law aimed at fighting offshore tax evasion.

    The law, called the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, was passed in 2010 and is supposed to go into effect on January 1, 2014. It requires foreign financial institutions to report information about Americans with accounts worth more than $50,000 to the IRS. Firms that don’t comply will be fined.

    Tax policy watch dogs say the FATCA is essential to rooting out tax cheats. “The increased bilateral exchange of taxpayer information that…[is] crucial to cleaning up the worldwide shadow financial system,” Heather Lowe, director of government affairs for the advocacy organization Global Financial Integrity told Accounting Today earlier this month. “[F]oreign financial institutions should not harbor the illicit assets of U.S. tax evaders.”

    But Paul’s bill to weaken the law was immediately hailed as “heroic” by the biggest independent financial advisory firm in the world. In an email press release from the deVere group, chief executive Nigel Green said, “Senator Paul’s heroic stance against this toxic, economy-damaging tax act is a landmark moment in the mission to have it repealed. He has taken a courageous stand against FATCA, [a law that] will impose unnecessary costs and burdens on foreign financial institutions.”

    more here: http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2013/05/rand-paul-fatca-repeal-offshore-tax-evasion?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Motherjones%2Fmojoblog+%28MotherJones.com+|+MoJoBlog%29

    • nellcote

      Will Maxine Waters co-sponsor it? Yes, I’m still pissed about them trying to water down the derivitives bill.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia- — -Jus’ received this:- -I was on my way to deliver petition signatures from 35,000 ColorOfChange members to FOX, demanding the network end COPS’ 25-year run in primetime. But before I could get to my plane, I got word from senior FOX executives that — after months of pressure from ColorOfChange — the network had decided to cancel this dangerous and dehumanizing “reality” show.
    It’s thanks to ColorOfChange members that COPS will no longer air on network TV in primetime.
    - – -
    Was NOT aware of THIS “movement. – - -

    – – - -STILL LIKE the MOVIES.:>)- –

  • rikyrah

    Marco Rubio Is the Key to Democratic Dreams
    By Francis Wilkinson May 8, 2013 1:25 PM CT

    Gallup has a new survey showing American adults largely in agreement on the nation’s top priorities: more jobs and a growing economy. At the same time, the poll exposes how partisanship colors the way Americans interpret even basic questions of public policy.

    …………………………

    Poll respondents (there were 1,021 of them) didn’t rate “reforming immigration” as a top priority either. But the partisan pattern is curiously different. Only 44 percent of Democrats considered it a top/high priority while 55 percent of Republicans did.

    ……………………………

    It’s also true that Obama has ceded much of the spotlight on immigration to Republican Senator Marco Rubio, who has been actively trying to sell immigration reform to the conservative base. Among Republicans, and perhaps among Democrats, too, it’s possible immigration reform is now more identified with Rubio than with Obama. (That might explain both heightened Republican interest and limited Democratic support.)

    If that’s so, it’s an example of the “permission structure” at work. As Greg Sargent says here, Republican Senator Pat Toomey basically endorsed the concept, made famous by Obama, that U.S. politics is so partisan and dysfunctional that the White House has to construct a political “permission structure” to make it feasible for Republicans to support goals that Obama also supports.

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-05-08/marco-rubio-is-the-key-to-democratic-dreams.html

  • rikyrah

    Chris Christie Way Too Jersey for Republicans
    By Jonathan Chait

    One of the things standing between Chris Christie and the Republican nomination, aside from his handful of ideological deviations and high-profile embrace of President Obama last fall, is that he’s from New Jersey. And not just from New Jersey in the sense that, I don’t know, Bruce Springsteen is from New Jersey, but from New Jersey in the way Tony Soprano is from New Jersey. Philip Klein of the conservative Washington Examiner points out:

    one thing I kept running into among voters in early states when covering the campaign was that his background as a New Yorker was a real turnoff and made voters view him as rude and somehow shady. As somebody who grew up in the New York/New Jersey area, I underestimated how repellant it could be.

    I think the Northeastern-based news media has always underestimated this problem for Christie. We’re aware that people in the Northeast hate the Republican Party, but much less aware that it works the other way around, too.

    http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2013/05/chris-christie-way-too-jersey-for-republicans.html

  • rikyrah

    More GOP lawmakers balk at chained CPI
    By Steve Benen

    Wed May 8, 2013 4:38 PM EDT

    At least officially, the White House’s offer for some kind of grand debt-reduction deal is still on the table. To the chagrin of the left, President Obama is prepared to accept the “reforms” Republicans asked for in social-insurance programs, in exchange for concessions on tax revenue.
    ………………………

    But of particular interest is the growing Republican opposition to the one thing they said they really wanted as part of a possible compromise.

    Two House Republicans have told constituents they oppose proposed cuts to Social Security and veterans benefits by reducing the cost of living adjustment, according to letters they sent to constituents. President Barack Obama included the plan, known as chained CPI, in his annual budget, but specified that he was only offering it as a concession to entice Republicans into a compromise. For Reps. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.) and Sean Duffy (R-Wis.), however, the concession is itself objectionable

    ……………………………………………..

    Let’s be clear about the chain of events:

    1. Congressional Republicans demand that the White House put chained CPI on the table as part of budget talks.

    2. President Obama reluctantly agrees to put chained CPI on the table as part of budget talks.

    3. Congressional Republicans criticize the chained CPI policy they said they wanted.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/05/08/18129068-more-gop-lawmakers-balk-at-chained-cpi?lite

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia – - -Woo! Hoo! — – YEAH – -HE’S RIGHT!!! HAH! –:>) —

    – - – -Obama Proven Right as CBO Finds GOP Backed Spending Cuts Don’t Reduce Debt
    - — – - -The market crash and Great Recession of 2008 was devastating for most
    Americans, and even though President Obama and Democrats have fought
    gallantly to create economic recovery for the entire population, it has
    been a hard road because Republicans have obstructed every recovery
    attempt that helps all the American people.
    Over the past two days there
    was good news on the economic front, but as is usually the case in
    America, the great majority of Americans still have little to celebrate
    and much reason to despair, and although the news was good, Republicans
    were less than enthused. In fact, Republicans took their normal low-road
    approach to the continuing signs that under President Obama’s
    leadership, the economy is improving.
    After the 2008 market decline, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was at 7,949
    when the President took office on January 20, 2009, and on Tuesday it
    reached a new high of over 15,000 that is a 90% improvement under
    President Obama.
    Conservatives should have been ecstatic; because while
    their financial benefactors are reaping incredible profits due to the
    President’s policies, they successfully killed jobs, middle class
    incomes, and decimated safety nets in their phony debt-and-deficit
    reduction frenzy they claim averts economic catastrophe.
    One
    conservative group, Capitol Hill Daily, sent a letter to Citizen United’s listserv accusing President Obama of “wrecking the stock market” and called for impeaching the President; because Wall Street is thriving in record fashion.
    -

    - — – CONGRATULATIONS- – annnnd — COMMENDATIONS – –MR. PRESIDENT!- – -

  • Miranda

    Congrats to these beautiful and talented young women!

    Spelman twins make history as school’s co-valedictorians

    ATLANTA — For the first time ever, a local college has co-valedictorians that are also identical twins.

    Channel 2’s Erin Coleman spent the day at Spelman College with the Bronner twins, as they’re called, to talk about working hard, having faith, and sharing the title.

    Kristie and Kirstie Bronner are the identical twins with identical grade point averages.

    “Before we came to college we prayed that we would keep 4.0s all the way through but I don’t think we ever really expected it,” said Kirstie Bronner.

    “You can have strength together,” Kristie said.

    more here: http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/spelman-identical-twins-make-history-schools-co-va/nXk3K/

    • qosine

      WOW!

    • rikyrah

      their parents must be absolutely crazy with pride and joy

  • Miranda

    This sorry ass drunk mofo here…..

    Speaker John Boehner ‏@SpeakerBoehner1h
    Will not be recommending appointments to ObamaCare’s IPAB. Letter w/Sen McConnell to POTUS here: http://j.mp/10kESkE

    • Kennymack1971

      Just trifling… Worst. Speaker. Ever.

  • rikyrah

    And what would the unemployment rate look like if:
    1. The American Jobs Act had been passed
    2. The GOP Governors hadn’t of cut all those public sector jobs hadn’t of been cut.

    ………………………

    The Morning Plum: One party is threatening the recovery far more than the other is

    Posted by Greg Sargent on May 9, 2013 at 8:51 am

    It’s been widely pointed out by liberals that much of the discussion of fiscal issues conducted by supposedly “neutral” reporters actually does take sides in a pernicious way. It often treats it as a given that near term deficit reduction is a good thing — sometimes even cheerleading for that outcome – when in fact there is an actual policy dispute over this point, with many arguing that immediate deficit reduction is destructive to the recovery, and that dealing with the deficit should be deferred until the economy is stronger.

    And that’s why today’s big New York Times piece quoting a range of economists arguing that Washington’s deficit obsession has proven a drag on the recovery is so important and welcome. The piece states clearly and unequivocally that the consensus view among economists is actually the one that’s often marginalized — i.e., that short term deficit reduction and spending cuts hurt the economy:

    The nation’s unemployment rate would probably be nearly a point lower, roughly 6.5 percent, and economic growth almost two points higher this year if Washington had not cut spending and raised taxes as it has since 2011, according to private-sector and government economists.

    After two years in which President Obama and Republicans in Congress have fought to a draw over their clashing approaches to job creation and budget deficits, the consensus about the result is clear: Immediate deficit reduction is a drag on full economic recovery.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/05/09/the-morning-plum-one-party-is-threatening-the-recovery-far-more-than-the-other-is/

  • rikyrah

    the bottom line in the difference between a Dem budget and the GOP one.

  • rikyrah

    Told you that I birdwatch the Cornell Birds nesting…they got one on video.

    D3 has made it out of the shell! Welcome to our new nestling!
    Thanks to our wonderful cam operator, we have the greatest close ups of this phenomenal event!

  • Alexander2

    (Any comment Oprah or Jason?)
    Washington Post-ABC News poll shows wide public support for Jason Collins’s decision
    May 8, 2013

    “[I]n the new poll, 66 percent of African Americans and 70 percent of
    whites support Collins’ decision, with nearly half of each group
    supporting him “strongly.”

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/wizards/washington-post-abc-news-poll-shows-wide-public-support-for-jason-collinss-decision/2013/05/08/885a9a96-b818-11e2-92f3-f291801936b8_story.html?hpid=z3

    • gn

      Well gee, only 66%, he must be so brave and courageous to face such a special black homophobia backlash and benefit from an intense media and political campaign to piggyback off of Jackie Robinson’s bravery and appropriate that to himself. All jokes aside, it’s good to see progress in society regardless that this story has left me cold. I just don’t view this guy as a hero, I don’t see what risks he ever actually took to merit claims of superlative courage.

    • Miranda

      Well……persecution just aint what it used to be huh Jason?

    • Alma98

      Every since PBO became president the media has gone after black folks with a fervor. They’re really pissed off at us for supporting him. They didn’t give a damn about our opinions when we voted for white presidents. Now every poll they conduct is through the lens of race.

      • gn

        I dunno…Collins is the one who framed the story to invite a racial scrutiny by making it a point to emphasize his blackness. The media is only too happy to take it and run with it, but that frame and insinuation about race came from Collins himself. Throwing a little shade at black people made his story even more attractive to the media and politicians.

        • GreenLadyHere

          HEEY GN.- –***BIG HUG** :>)

          THIS- – RA’CHERE!! — ->I dunno.- Collins is the one who framed the story to invite a racial scrutiny by making it a point to emphasize his blackness, and then he and Oprah went on to outright claim that there’s a special degree of black homophobia.

          —Annnd- – I keep ax’in’ – - -Where’s his CONTRACT- —– with —bein’ — 7Ft+ TALL annnnd havin’ a 1.1+/GAME AVERAGE??-

          – — Good 2 C U GN. :>)

          • gn

            Last I read he was looking for a book deal. He’s trying to get paid lol.

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

      Perhaps we should tweet Oprah and Jason this poll?

      @Oprah

      @jasoncollins34

  • Miranda

    I’m reading this interview – Erykah Badu is interviewing Kendrick Lamar – but he asks her a question. Her response completely cracked me up:

    LAMAR: So let me ask you a question: Would you rather have been a man or a woman?

    BADU: Because I have no memory of my past lives, I don’t know what it feels like to be a man. I think I would like to experience it, though. I mean, I’m happy that I am who I am, but being a woman in her forties ain’t no joke, man. I’m tellin’ you . . . This is some other-ness shit. There’s a hormone that gets released called “I don’t give a fuck”—it is heavy. [laughs]
    http://www.interviewmagazine.com/music/kendrick-lamar#page5

    • MsKitty

      but being a woman in her forties ain’t no joke, man. I’m tellin’ you . . . This is some other-ness shit. There’s a hormone that gets released called “I don’t give a fuck”—it is heavy.

      Testify sista, testify.

      • Miranda

        LMAO!!! I’m sure more than a few would read that line from Ms. Badu and catch the spirit! LOL

        • Daltex82

          I know I did LOL!

    • gn

      She is one of a kind. Love Erykah Badu.

    • Alma98

      I agree Erykah lol.

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

      LOL!

  • rikyrah

    The New Census Data That Should Terrify Republicans
    Obama’s coalition may only grow stronger after he leaves office

    BY NATE COHN

    After President Obama’s relatively easy reelection, analysts and commentators wondered whether his young and diverse coalition would outlive his presidency. Many believe, based mainly on their intuition, that 2008 and 2012 were the anomalous results of a historic candidacy. On the other hand, the country is getting more and more diverse with each passing year. Recently, one prominent demographer at the Brookings Institute used the exit polls to argue that Obama would have lost if turnout rates returned to ’04 levels. But his effort was misguided and premature.

    Today, the Census released the November 2012 Current Population Survey (CPS) Voting and Registration Supplement, which is based on interviews with hundreds of thousands of residents. The CPS asks Americans whether they participated in the last election. The CPS is imperfect like any survey, but it is considered the gold standard for analyzing turnout. It demonstrates that, in the debate about the GOP’s future in an increasingly diverse America, both sides are right, to a certain extent. On the one hand, Obama’s historic candidacy led to historic black turnout. On the other hand, the Obama coalition is the product of irreversible demographic changes. If Republicans hope to win presidential elections, they will need to broaden their appeal—not just count on lower minority turnout in the post-Obama era.

    Unsurprisingly, the CPS found that the 2012 electorate was more diverse than any in history. Whites represented just 73.7 percent of the electorate, down from 76.3 in 2008 and 79.2 percent in 2004. In comparison, the exit polls found that whites represented 72 percent of the electorate in 2012, compared to 74 percent in 2008 and 77 percent in 2004. For the first time, the CPS found that black turnout rates exceed white turnout rates, with 66.2 percent of voting age blacks turning out, compared to 64.1 percent of whites. Many expected that black turnout would decline in 2012, but the CPS actually found that black turnout was even higher in 2012 than it was in 2008, increasing from 64.7 to 66.2 percent.

    http://www.newrepublic.com/article/113160/november-2012-census-data-obamas-coalition-will-hold-together

  • rikyrah

    May 08, 2013 9:16 AM
    Low Country Boils Over

    By Ed Kilgore

    So Mark Sanford is returning to Congress after a very convincing (54/45) win over Elizabeth Colbert Busch in the special election to fill a vacancy in the first district of South Carolina. Turnout (32%) was actually a bit higher than most observers expected. For all the fireworks and the April polling showing Busch with a solid lead, the district’s Republican character (Romney carried it by 18 points in a presidential year, when Democratic turnout is at its peak) prevailed.
    ……………………………….

    For Democrats, the results are obviously discouraging, but the results just showed that party and ideology can trump a scandal in a district like this, and that non-presidential contests continue to produce pro-Republican turnout patterns. The seat would have been very difficult to hold in November in any event.

    I will say that Busch’s defeat shows once again that the old southern white Democratic formula of moving as far to the right as possible and hoping to win a personality contest just doesn’t much work anymore, which is why the ranks of the Blue Dog southern white Democrats in the House from the Deep South have dwindled to near nothingness (there’s still John Barrow of Georgia, who announced yesterday he would not run for the Senate in 2014, but that’s about it). At a minimum, any southern Democratic revival is going to depend on candidates who can get reliable Democratic voters enthused enough to turn out when the presidency is not at stake.

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2013_05/low_country_boils_over044625.php

  • rikyrah

    GOP culture war threatens immigration reform

    By Steve Benen
    Thu May 9, 2013 10:20 AM EDT

    It was just a couple of months ago when the Republican National Committee launched a multifaceted rebranding campaign, which included a rhetorical (if not a substantive) shift on culture-war issues. Reince Priebus said he wants to “welcome” gay-rights supporters. The party will adhere to its platform, the RNC chair added, “but it doesn’t mean that we divide and subtract people from our party…. I don’t believe we need to act like Old Testament heretics.”

    Less than two months later, Republican opposition to gay rights is so strong, it threatens the future of immigration reform.

    The Senate Gang of Eight, which crafted the immigration legislation, pledged to fight off “poison pill” amendments that would derail the bill. But one controversial proposal has already divided the group.

    An amendment sponsored by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) would allow U.S. citizens in long-term same-sex relationships to sponsor foreign partners for green cards…. Republican members of the Gang of Eight have stated bluntly to their Democratic partners that this will sink the bill if adopted during the committee’s deliberations.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/05/09/18147588-gop-culture-war-threatens-immigration-reform?lite

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

    LOL watching Ari Berman and RoRo on Twitter, acting as if they led the charge against voter suppression:

    .@ariberman @joanwalsh @swheaton this is why Black media is so vital. We saw this happening while mainstream media ignored this story.— rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) May 9, 2013

    Ari Berman @AriBerman 16m
    @rolandsmartin you did great job Roland. I first wrote about GOP voter suppression in aug ’11, when few were covering http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/the-gop-war-on-voting-20110830

    And ya can’t give all the credit to PBO:

    .@ariberman @joanwalsh @swheaton and it wasn’t all about Obama. Folks were pissed at efforts to suppress their vote. We saw that too.— rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) May 9, 2013

    • Miranda

      They’re funny.

  • Miranda

    *dead* at the visual:

    Obama Brushes Off Perry’s Letter

    “When the doors opened on Air Force One, the president was greeted by the stifling Texas heat, and a handshake from one of his biggest critics, Gov. Rick Perry, who had hoped to deliver a four-page letter pleading for more help from the feds on border security,” KVUE-TV reports.

    But Obama “waved the governor’s letter off to one of his top aides, Valerie Jarrett.”

    Said Perry: “I was surprised that we couldn’t find a time while he was in town to sit down and speak a little bit longer.”

    http://politicalwire.com/archives/2013/05/09/obama_brushes_off_perrys_letter.html

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia – –Ooooooweeeee! — -THIS is a STR8 —GLOAT!! –HAH!- – -
    - – - – Boycott Crushes Rush: 48 of Top 50 Advertisers Have Asked Not To be Aired on Limbaug- -

    - — – - – -Cumulus Media has leaked a statement to the media that proves the impact of the advertiser boycott, as 48 of their top 50 advertisers have asked that they not be included on Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity’s shows.
    Cumulus Media pushed back against Rush Limbaugh’s claim that he is not responsible for the decline in advertising revenue by leaking an
    anonymous statement to Radio Ink.

    - – -SNIP- –
    The speculation is that Clear Channel is waiting to dive in and scoop up Rush after his Cumulus contract expires, but they would wise to look at the situation carefully before they paid Limbaugh the kind of money that he will certainly demand. Clear Channel will not only be buying Limbaugh, but also all of his baggage, and the boycott too.
    A positive unintended consequence of the Limbaugh boycott is that it is hitting Sean Hannity too. The goal of these advertiser boycotts has always been to hold them accountable for where they choose to spend their ad dollars. The Limbaugh boycott is sending a message to all of right wing talk radio that there will be financial consequences for their extremist speech.
    -
    THERE IS MORE —

    –BE GONE — “THRUSH LIMPBALLS!!”HAH!!

    • nellcote

      I didn’t know Hannity was getting hit to but I’m glad to see it. Now if we could just get them off Armed Forces Radio.

  • Alma98

    Good morning all!

    • GreenLadyHere

      - – -Good – -SUNNY –MornTin Alma98.
      ***BIG HUG*** :>)–

      Have a BLESSED DAY. :>)- -

      • Alma98

        Good to see you GLH, you have a good day too. The weather is nice here.

    • rikyrah

      Good Afternoon, Alma.

      • Alma98

        Afternoon rikyrah!

  • Miranda

    And the media doesn’t call this bullshit out at all. This is just disgusting.

    “She Had an Abortion”: A History of a Political SmearElizabeth Colbert Busch isn’t the first female candidate to face theinsinuation

    excerpt:
    It’s no surprise, then, that some of her opponents would stoop pretty low to keep her out of office. Sure enough, ThinkProgress reported last week that an unknown polling group had been calling voters and asking misleading, unabashedly sexist questions, including “What would you think of Elizabeth Colbert Busch if I told you she had had an abortion?”

    The calls are thought to be a “push poll”—a negative campaign stratagem disguised as a poll, intended to make insinuations about an opponent and not to collect information. With this unsavory incident added to the list, South Carolina probably leads the nation in outlandish smear campaigns. In 2000, John McCain lost the presidential primary in part thanks to a rumor that he had fathered an illegitimate black child. In 2010, current Governor Nikki Haley was accused of sleeping with an assortment of political consultants. Just last winter, Newt Gingrich fended off reports that he had forced his ex-wife to have an abortion.

    Smears about abortion have a rich history outside of South Carolina as well. Abortion is such a four-letter word in conservative districts, politicians often try to pin their opponents with some connection to the procedure. Usually, when the candidate is male, the insinutation is that he allowed, or even forced, a wife, girlfriend, or daughter to get one. When the candidate is female, the smear can be even more direct: that she ended a pregnancy herself.

    Typically, the women who have suffered this particular attack were pro-life Republicans, unlike the socially liberal, pro-choice Colbert Busch. Sue Myrick of North Carolina, until recently a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, ran for her party’s Senate nomination in 1992. When she lost, she claimed her opponent’s supporters had run a phone and mail campaign accusing her of having an abortion,among other things. “Everything was a lie,” she said then. “If I had been a male, they couldn’t have gotten away with any of this. People would have dismissed it.” In another Republican primary, for a Florida state senate seat in 1996, Charlie Clary reportedly arranged a push poll to target his female opponent. “Would you be more or less willing to vote for Lois Benson if you knew she had an abortion?” it asked. Clary beat Benson for the nomination.

    more here: http://www.newrepublic.com/article/113133/elizabeth-colbert-busch-abortion-push-poll-contemptible-smear

    • gn

      Absolutely terrible. And it wouldn’t be anyone’s business if she did. The far right’s smear campaigns seem to be continuing unabated all around.

    • Alma98

      This and her support ssm is what they used to torpedo her winning. They are scum! But it’s ok to cheat on your wife and flaunt the woman you cheated with on the national stage though. Where are all the women groups who jump on PBO at the slightest thing.

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

        Not only did Sanford cheat on his wife, but as freaking GOVERNOR he up and left THE COUNTRY without telling anyone!! And on the taxpayers’ dime!

      • Miranda

        “Where are all the women groups who jump on PBO at the slightest thing.”

        *crickets*

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia — – UPDATE: — -Woo! Hoo!- -

    — – Candice Glover ‘won the night’ on ‘American Idol– -CONGRATULATIONS!! :>) -[Gotta "bounce"]

  • Miranda

    OMG_______________________Sepia__________I didn’t see all the pics of Drunk Tiger______________HE SO LIT!

    http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/gossip/tiger-woods-drunk-met-gala-after-party-article-1.1337434

    and per Tyson Beckford, Drunk Tiger is a helluva lotta fun!! The pics are killing me!_________________________

    Beckford, who brought love Shanina Shaik as his date, was seen hitting the dance floor with the golfing legend inside the Standard. “We were getting down, man; he’s so funny . . . We were dancing to 2Chainz and some old-school hip hop and Big Daddy Kane.”
    http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/tyson-beckford-tiger-woods-and-i-were-getting-down-at-met-gala-bash-201395

    • Alma98

      The bulging eyes are killing me. LOL

    • rikyrah

      LMBAO

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

      1, here comes the 2 to the 3 to the 4,
      Tiger Woods drunk out on the dance floor,
      Flat ass jiggle like she want more,
      Like she a groupie and I aint even on tour,
      Maybe cause she heard that I golf hardcore,
      Or maybe cause she heard that I buy out the stores,
      Bottom of the 9th and a Tigga gotta score…
      Now everybody in the club gettin tipsy,
      Everybody in the club gettin tipsy

      • Alma98

        LOL!

  • rikyrah

    The Butler Official Trailer #1 (2013) – Oprah Winfrey, Forest Whitaker Movie HD

    • ch555x

      I get the gist of flicks like this and the history behind it, but my mindset clearly isn’t made for it…>_<

  • gn

    @steveweinstein
    Jobless claims fall to another 5-year low, sign of strengthening jobs market, economy. http://cnnmon.ie/11myHEi

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!

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