October 21, 2014

Thursday Open Thread: Black Women in the Military

In 1862, Governor Andrew of Massachusetts arranged for Harriet Tubman to go to Beaufort, South Carolina, as a nurse and teacher to the Gullah people of the Sea Islands who had been left behind by their owners when they fled the advance of the Union Army, which remained in control of the islands.

Thomas B. Allen, author of “Harriet Tubman, Secret Agent,” writes that Tubman was approached by Gen. David Hunter to lead a raid. As Allen notes, generals don’t usually ask, they give orders. But Tubman was a woman and a civilian. Yes, she was spying and scouting for the Union army, but she was doing so outside the military chain of command.

Tubman agreed to the raid, but only if Col. James Montgomery – someone she knew well – would help her with it.  National Geographic describes her as “the first woman in American history to lead a military expedition.”

Tubman and Montgomery took three gunboats up the Combahee River in South Carolina on the morning of June 1, 1863. The mission had multiple goals: Destroy bridges and attack the plantations along the river, and free the plantation slaves. “The raid was a key part of the Union plan to strike hard at the South’s rice crops, which provided food to the Confederates and wealth to South Carolina,” writes Mr. Allen.

Tubman’s crew consisted of former black slaves who had piloted riverboats (delivering cotton and other farm goods) and knew where the river had been mined. The raid was military success, and more than 700 slaves were freed. In fact, the gunboats were overwhelmed by slaves trying to clamor aboard what they called “Lincoln’s gun boats.”

Tubman believed that she was in the employ of the U.S. Army. When she received her first paycheck, she spent it to build a place where freed black women could earn a living doing laundry for the soldiers. But then she wasn’t paid regularly again, and wasn’t given the military rations she believed she was entitled to.

She was paid only a total of $200 in three years of service. She supported herself and her work by selling baked goods and root beer which she made after she completed her regular work duties.

After the war was over, Tubman was never paid her back military pay. In addition, when she applied for a pension — with the support of Secretary of State William Seward, Colonel T. W. Higginson, and General Rufus — her application was denied. Harriet Tubman did eventually receive a pension — but as the widow of a soldier, her second husband.

 

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

    Mornin’ POU!

    Russell Simmons needs to see this. Yeah, I’m still mad.

    • Alma98

      Morning Sepia!

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

    Jonathan Karl tries to defend the Koch brothers by pointing out they fund the Ballet at Lincoln Center.

    http://twitter.com/jonkarl/status/446619231942365184

    • morphus

      Thanks, new entry for Koch Block It.

    • Alma98

      All they’re doing is trying to buy respect and influence how this country is run.

    • Miranda

      Dear Jon Karl,

      So.

      Sincerely,

      http://i.imgur.com/vjhJ3y6.gif

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      Shouldn’t Karl as an alleged journalist be investigating this story instead of thinking up ways to defend the Koch boys? He’s not even hiding the fact that he bought and paid for.

  • jds09

    Good Morning POU!

    • Alma98

      Morning jds!

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

    Obama Dings Ellen DeGeneres’ Record-Breaking Selfie As A ‘Cheap Stunt’

    Catherine Thompson – March 20, 2014, 7:33 AM EDT1394

    President Barack Obama may be a tad sore about having his record for the most-retweeted tweet in history broken by Ellen DeGeneres and a cast of Hollywood stars.

    DeGeneres bested Obama’s 2012 election night tweet with over a million retweets for the selfie she snapped at this year’s Academy Awards with a huge group of nominees and presenters.

    “I heard about that. I thought it was a pretty cheap stunt, myself,”
    Obama joked in an episode of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” airing Thursday. “Getting a bunch of celebrities in the background, you giving them pizza.”

    MORE: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/obama-jokes-ellen-selfie-cheap-stunt

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

    Obama Talks Up Mass Gov. Deval Patrick’s 2016 Chances

    Catherine Thompson – March 20, 2014, 8:05 AM EDT31

    President Barack Obama said Wednesday that his friend Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) would be a fine fit for the White House.

    “Deval’s done a great job and I think signals that he could be very
    successful at the federal level as well,” he said when asked by New England Cable News whether he’d like Patrick to run for vice president or president in 2016.

    Obama talked up the governor’s job creation and education reforms,
    but cautioned that he’s “still a relatively young man.” Patrick, who is
    in his eighth and final year as governor, had ruled out running in 2016 last year before recently cracked the door to a White House bid back open.

    “Deval would make a great president or vice president, but I think
    based on me talking to him, it sounds like he’d like to take a little
    bit of a break,” Obama said.

    MORE: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/obama-talks-up-deval-patrick-2016

    • Miranda

      I’m here for Deval if he decides to run. If O’Malley runs and Gov Patrick doesn’t…i still hope O’Malley wins the nomination and select him as his VP.

    • Alma98

      I don’t think they can handle two in a row lol.

      • Daltex82

        There would be no umbrella large enough to cover us from all the spatter from heads exploding.

        • Alma98

          LOL

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

        LOL!

        I think PBO was sending a message to Team Hillary: You ain’t entitled to the WH.

        • Alma98

          You’re probably right lol.

        • GreenLadyHere

          ***BIG fist bump Sepia♥ – – –Good Morntin’ :>) **BIG HUG*** :>)
          Annnd notice how he’s given VP Biden — -increasing –INTERNATIONAL experiences. YEP! —There’s a MESSAGE. :>)

          —-***STEP BACK!!*** :>)
          Good 2 C U Sepia♥ — -B BLESSED/SAFE/WARM♥

        • conlakappa

          That would be my first thought. He’s addressing inevitability in his own special way. This time her ass is being handed back to her nor is her cracked face.

          Though I’ve never met the governor, I told you all that I spoke with him on the phone and he mocked me so hard but in such a good-natured way that I couldn’t even be mad at him!

  • GreenLadyHere

    - –GOOD MORNTIN’ ALEXANDER2♥/POU FAM♥ – –***BIG HUG*** :>)

    – —☺ ECONOMIC REPORT[It's about AVERAGES NOT individual weeks]
    – – —- – -http://www.marketwatch.com/story/us-jobless-claims-increase-5000-to-320000-2014-03-20?link=MW_home_latest_news
    — – – -U.S. jobless claims increase 5,000 to 320,000
    – – –The number of people who applied for U.S. unemployment benefits rose by 5,000 to 320,000 in the week ended March 15, the Labor Department said Thursday. Economists surveyed by MarketWatch expected seasonally adjusted claims to climb to 325,000 from an unrevised 315,000 in the prior week. The average of new claims over the past month, a more
    reliable gauge, dropped by 3,500 to 327,000. That’s the lowest level
    since the end of November.

    – – –THERE IS MORE. – — — – –

    — – REPEAT: – – –The average of new claims over the past month, a more reliable gauge, dropped by 3,500 to 327,000. That’s the lowest level since the end of November. :>)

    • Alma98

      Good morning GLH!
      The weather is not too bad today I may get my car washed lol.
      Blessings to you and the family.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MornTin Alma. ***BIG HUG*** :>)
        – — -Woo! Hoo! Happy ’bout the weather. :>)
        THANK U kindly 4 your BLESSINGS. :>)

        – –B BLESSED/SAFE/ENJOYIN’ the WARM♥

    • EpiphanySweet

      I LOVE SPRING!!!! Greeting and big hugs Ms GLH.

      • GreenLadyHere

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        —-Me 2. ***BIG fist bump*** :>)

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    • conlakappa

      Did you see today’s Google Doodle? Fun and spring time.

      • GreenLadyHere

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        —LOVED IT! — -Makes U —***SMILE** :>)

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    • qosine

      The average of new claims over the past month, a more reliable gauge, dropped by 3,500 to 327,000. That’s the lowest level since the end of November.

  • isonprize

    After the war was over, Tubman was never paid her back military pay. In addition, when she applied for a pension — with the support of Secretary of State William Seward, Colonel T. W. Higginson, and General Rufus — her application was denied.

    DAMN, White people. JUST DAMN!

    • goldenstar

      I KNOW, huh? Too bad the military research didn’t go that far back so she would have gotten her medal this week, too!!!!

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

        That would’ve been so cool!

        • MsKitty

          Talk about making heads explode.

      • qosine

        That’s such a great idea! Remember that guy who questioned the relevance of Black History Month in
        The Atlantic? Well, a Medal of Honor for Harriet
        Tubman would answer that, wouldn’t it?

    • Miranda

      Mean as hell.

  • GreenLadyHere

    GOOD MORNTIN’ ALEXANDER2♥/POU FAM♥ :>) ***BIG HUG*** :>) Ohhhh – -MS. HARRIET TUBMAN —OUR BRAVE “CONDUCTOR”♥. —OUR – -SPECIAL “MOSES”♥ :>) PERFECT! :>)

    —-THANK U –ALEXANDER2♥ – – -Sooo HAPPY 2C the UNSELFISH – -TIRELESS

    LEADERSHIP of THIS “MILITARY GIANT”. :>) – –

    — – – – -☻ “Harriet Tubman, Secret Agent,” :>)
    — – — – —- ☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XmsNGrkbHm4
    – —- — — -☺Yes, she was spying and scouting for the Union army, but she was doing so outside the military chain of command. [Basically --4 FREE]

    — – – —– -☺http://www.theroot.com/content/dam/theroot/articles/history/2014/01/best_black_history_quotes_harriet_tubman_on_the_underground_railroad/1388516765.jpg.CROP.rtstory-large.jpg

    – – – – —- – -☺http://theblackhistorymonthproject.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/tubman-quote.jpg?w=500 –[THIS - -NEVA GETS OLD♥]

    – – – –☻ENJOY♥ – -http://25.media.tumblr.com/a17e55963688878976d96a08f7196e72/tumblr_mp3awmvrhu1qhoe3vo1_500.jpg

    – – – –B BLESSED/SAFE/WARM♥ :>) – -

  • GreenLadyHere

    GOOD MORNTIN’ ALEXANDER2♥/POU FAM♥ :>) ***BIG HUG*** :>) Ohhhh – -MS. HARRIET TUBMAN —OUR BRAVE “CONDUCTOR”♥. —OUR – -SPECIAL “MOSES”♥ :>) PERFECT! :>)

    —-THANK U –ALEXANDER2♥ – – -Sooo HAPPY 2C the UNSELFISH – -TIRELESS

    LEADERSHIP of THIS “MILITARY GIANT”. :>) – –

    — – – – -☻ “Harriet Tubman, Secret Agent,” :>)
    — – — – —- ☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XmsNGrkbHm4
    – —- — — -☺Yes, she was spying and scouting for the Union army, but she was doing so outside the military chain of command. [Basically --4 FREE]

    — – – —– -☺http://www.theroot.com/content/dam/theroot/articles/history/2014/01/best_black_history_quotes_harriet_tubman_on_the_underground_railroad/1388516765.jpg.CROP.rtstory-large.jpg

    – – – – —- – -☺http://theblackhistorymonthproject.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/tubman-quote.jpg?w=500 –[THIS - -NEVA GETS OLD♥]

    – – – –☻ENJOY♥ – -http://25.media.tumblr.com/a17e55963688878976d96a08f7196e72/tumblr_mp3awmvrhu1qhoe3vo1_500.jpg

    – – – –B BLESSED/SAFE/WARM♥ :>) – -Have a GOOD DAY♥

  • GreenLadyHere

    GOOD MORNTIN’ ALEXANDER2♥/POU FAM♥ :>) ***BIG HUG*** :>) Ohhhh – -MS. HARRIET TUBMAN —OUR BRAVE “CONDUCTOR”♥. —OUR – -SPECIAL “MOSES”♥ :>) PERFECT! :>)

    —-THANK U –ALEXANDER2♥ – – -Sooo HAPPY 2C the UNSELFISH – -TIRELESS

    LEADERSHIP of THIS “MILITARY GIANT”. :>) – –

    — – – – -☻ “Harriet Tubman, Secret Agent,” :>)
    — – — – —- ☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XmsNGrkbHm4
    – —- — — -☺Yes, she was spying and scouting for the Union army, but she was doing so outside the military chain of command. [Basically --4 FREE]

    — – – —– -☺http://www.theroot.com/content/dam/theroot/articles/history/2014/01/best_black_history_quotes_harriet_tubman_on_the_underground_railroad/1388516765.jpg.CROP.rtstory-large.jpg

    – – – – —- – -☺http://theblackhistorymonthproject.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/tubman-quote.jpg?w=500 –[THIS - -NEVA GETS OLD♥]

    – – – –☻ENJOY♥ – -http://25.media.tumblr.com/a17e55963688878976d96a08f7196e72/tumblr_mp3awmvrhu1qhoe3vo1_500.jpg

    – – – –B BLESSED/SAFE/WARM♥ :>) -

  • GreenLadyHere

    GOOD
    MORNTIN’ ALEXANDER2♥/POU FAM♥ :>) ***BIG HUG*** :>) Ohhhh – -MS.HARRIET TUBMAN —OUR BRAVE “CONDUCTOR”♥. —OUR – -SPECIAL “MOSES”♥
    :>) PERFECT! :>)

    —-THANK
    U –ALEXANDER2♥ – – -Sooo HAPPY 2C the UNSELFISH – -TIRELESS

    LEADERSHIP of THIS “MILITARY GIANT”. :>) – –

    — – – – -☻ “Harriet Tubman, Secret Agent,” :>)
    — – — – —- ☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XmsNGrkbHm4

    —- — — -☺Yes, she was spying and scouting for the Union
    army, but she was doing so outside the military chain of command.
    [Basically --4 FREE]

    — – – —–
    -☺http://www.theroot.com/content/dam/theroot/articles/history/2014/01/best_black_history_quotes_harriet_tubman_on_the_underground_railroad/1388516765.jpg.CROP.rtstory-large.jpg


    – – – —- –
    -☺http://theblackhistorymonthproject.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/tubman-quote.jpg?w=500
    –[THIS - -NEVA GETS OLD♥]

    – – – –☻ENJOY♥ – -http://25.media.tumblr.com/a17e55963688878976d96a08f7196e72/tumblr_mp3awmvrhu1qhoe3vo1_500.jpg

    – – – –B BLESSED/SAFE/WARM♥ :>) -

  • GreenLadyHere

    GOOD
    MORNTIN’ ALEXANDER2♥/POU FAM♥ :>) ***BIG HUG*** :>) Ohhhh – -MS.HARRIET TUBMAN —OUR BRAVE “CONDUCTOR”♥. —OUR – -SPECIAL “MOSES”♥
    :>) PERFECT! :>)

    —-THANK
    U –ALEXANDER2♥ – – -Sooo HAPPY 2C the UNSELFISH – -TIRELESS

    LEADERSHIP of THIS “MILITARY GIANT”. :>) – –

    — – – – -☻ “Harriet Tubman, Secret Agent,” :>)
    — – — – —- ☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XmsNGrkbHm4

    —- — — -☺Yes, she was spying and scouting for the Union
    army, but she was doing so outside the military chain of command.
    [Basically --4 FREE]

    — – – —–
    -☺http://www.theroot.com/content/dam/theroot/articles/history/2014/01/best_black_history_quotes_harriet_tubman_on_the_underground_railroad/1388516765.jpg.CROP.rtstory-large.jpg


    – – – —- –
    -☺http://theblackhistorymonthproject.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/tubman-quote.jpg?w=500
    –[THIS - -NEVA GETS OLD♥]

    – – – –☻ENJOY♥ – -http://25.media.tumblr.com/a17e55963688878976d96a08f7196e72/tumblr_mp3awmvrhu1qhoe3vo1_500.jpg

    – – – –B BLESSED/SAFE/WARM♥ :>) -

  • GreenLadyHere

    AEXANDER2♥ – – – -WHEW LAWD. – – -Having my TECH ISSUES. SORRY. :>)

    • goldenstar

      FYI, Disqus is having difficulty, too.

      • GreenLadyHere

        –☺http://www.jewelryexpert.com/catalog/graphics/Drusy-Gold-Star-1a.gif GOOD MORNTIN’ GOLDenstar. ♥ :>) ***BIG HUG*** :>) Ohhh —THANK U. :>) — –I was sooo frustrated. :>) Wanted 2 give FULL RESPECT 2 MS. HARRIET♥
        Again, THANK U. :>) B BLESSED/SAFE/WARM♥ –:>)

        • goldenstar

          Good morning, GLH!

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2♥ — – -GTI! – –GIT! – – -GIT! –HIM! :>)

    – – – -WATCH: Black Constituent Confronts Paul Ryan Over ‘Inner City’ Remarks – –

    – – – - If you could pinpoint the moment when Paul Ryan lost control of his message on Wednesday, it was when he began explaining to an African American constituent why his recent comments about lazy “inner city” men actually had nothing to do with race.

    “You said what you meant,” Alfonso Gardner, a 61-year-old African
    American man from Racine, told Ryan at a town hall meeting. “[Inner cityis] a code word for black.”

    Ryan remained defiant though. “There is nothing whatsoever about race in my comments at all,” he said. He admonished Gardner for drawing a connection between his “inner city” remarks and race. “I think when we throw these charges around, it should be based on something.”

    Watch it:
    THERE IS MORE – –HAH!

    • goldenstar

      Paul Ryan IS inarticulate and that would be most of the time. “It’s not a race thing. It’s just a poor thing.” was part of his response. Good that he’s being challenged by his constituents because he’s digging himself deeper into the hole.

    • Alma98

      He’s nothing but a racist pathological liar. I’m glad someone confronted his shady ass.

    • Town

      The classic racist playbook:

      Say something in code and shady about Group X or a member of Group X:

      “We can’t keep giving handouts and welfare to Boomkeisha and Shaquanna over there.”

      Somebody confronts them of talking about Group X in code:

      “Hey, why are you using the names Boomkeisha & Shaquanna when you talk about welfare? Seems to me you’re talking about black people but being shady about it. White people are on welfare, too. Why didn’t you use the names Cindy or Mary Ann?”

      The person being confronted accuses the confronters of being racist:

      “*I* never said anything about race, I never mentioned race. YOU are the only ones mentioning race. I think YOU are the racist.”

      Wash

      Rinse

      Repeat

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

      This how you confront blatant racism from Repubs. Ta-Nehisi, take notes.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Sepia♥ — -AMEN!!! –SPEAK TRUTH!! :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

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  • Alma98

    Morning POU!

  • lamh36

    morning POU peeps.

    today is my first fore into my regular work schedule of 9:30 to 6pm. my drive in was pretty simple from my sisters house. I got to work with 45min to spare and have been sitting in the parking lot. my new place is on he other side of the city though so we’ll see next month how that drive in will be.

    right now though I’m heading inside and getting ready to get her done.

    have a good day.

    • MsKitty

      Have a good one lamh

    • Alma98

      Morning lamh.

  • Miranda

    SMH….today’s journos have the maturity of 5th graders. They really are like a bad after school special on TV.

    Tucker Carlson Forced To Apologize For His Reporter’s Disgusting TOM KLUDT – MARCH 20, 2014, 10:06 AM EDT1437

    A conservative reporter and his high-profile boss extended an apology to Buzzfeed’s Rosie Gray on Wednesday night for a pair of crude and sexist tweets that immediately set off an uproar.

    The tweets came from The Daily Caller’s Patrick Howley, who pulled the offensive content shortly after it was published. But the Huffington Post’s Ryan Reilly spotted the tweets before they were deleted and let The Daily Caller’s editor-in-chief Tucker Carlson know that he had a copy.

    Several journalists soon asked Reilly what Howley said, but Reilly initially indicated that he didn’t intend to republish the tweets. That changed after Howley taunted Reilly on Twitter. Shortly thereafter, Reilly shared screencaps of the tweets he said “will hopefully haunt” Howley for a long time.

    more here: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/tucker-carlson-patrick-howley-the-daily-caller-rosie-gray

    • Alma98

      I don’t even consider these jackasses journalists.
      They’re just grifters and wannabes.

      • conlakappa

        The woman is at firebaglake. I wonder if it was all a set-up to get clicks.

        • Alma98

          Probably

    • Worldwatcher7

      Yes, they are silly and immature. And notice how quickly they stoop to sexist comments when they feel attacked. It’s their primary reflex, “Oh no, I feel vulnerable; I shall use my privilege to stop them!”

    • TyrenM

      Check how fast HuffPuff dude was gonna cover his arse until he got HIS feelings hurt.

  • Miranda

    Why are stories like this only on a few blogs and minor sites but NEVER carried by The Associated Press or the big networks? These are the stories that the general public NEVER hear…all they hear is how “everyone” is so angry with Obamacare.
    ————————————-
    Scott Brown Confounded By Republican Who Benefitted From Obamacare
    DYLAN SCOTT – MARCH 20, 2014, 10:10 AM EDT955

    It seems Scott Brown, the once (and future?) U.S. senator, didn’t have an answer when confronted with one of his fellow Republicans who has benefitted from Obamacare.

    The Huffington Post flagged the Wednesday story from the Coos County Democrat. Brown had met with Herb Richardson, a New Hampshire Republican state legislator, as Brown is exploring a run for the state’s U.S. Senate seat.

    During the meeting at Richardson’s home, Brown called Obamacare a “monstrosity.” But Richardson and his wife quickly interjected, according to the Democrat, saying that the law had been “a financial lifesaver.”

    After being injured on the job, Richardson had been forced to live on workers compensation for a while — a situation so costly that the couple eventually had to move out of their house. They also had to pay $1,100 a month to keep their health insurance. But now that the Richardsons have signed up for health insurance through Obamacare and qualified for a tax subsidy, they’re paying $136 a month for a plan that covers both of them.

    “Thank God for Obamacare!” Richardson’s wife Rita said, according to the Democrat.

    more here: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/scott-brown-republican-obamacare-benefits?utm_content=buffer23819&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

  • Miranda

    Not one peep from the msm..NOT A PEEP – but busy giving every hack the microphone to scream bout Crimea.
    ———————-
    SEALed and Delivered in Libya

    President Obama takes a big risk and scores a win for democracy — and no one gives a damn.
    BY CHRISTIAN CARYL MARCH 18, 2014

    President Obama pulled off a master stroke this week. He deployedU.S. military force in support of an infant democracy that desperately needs our help. The result was a resounding success, a vivid illustration of how the United States can put its unchallenged power to positive ends.

    He did it, once again, by sending in the SEALs, the U.S. Navy’s famous special forces. But this time they weren’t double-tapping a terrorist. Instead they seized a mysterious tanker that had skipped out of Libya with a shipment of oil that one of the country’s rogue militias was trying to sell on the open market. By doing it the SEALs foiled a potentially game-changing challenge to the authority of Libya’s hard-pressed government — one of the very few in the Arab world to have actually been elected by its own country’s people.

    The reaction in Washington: a giant yawn.

    The reaction in Washington: a giant yawn. Deafening silence from Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham, who are always quick to demand U.S. military action in situations where it will usually make things worse. Fox News barely noticed. Nor was there a word of praise from the president’s liberal allies on Capitol Hill. Even the New York Times ran a perfunctory report.

    more here: http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2014/03/18/sealed_and_delivered_in_libya_0

    • Kennymack1971

      This doesn’t fit the narrative of POTUS being a weak in over his head neophyte who gets pushed around by “manly men” like Vlad Putin so yeah, the villagers are going to ignore this.

  • Miranda
  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2♥ —-Aww –HAIL 2 DA NAH!! – –

    President Obama left off Fortune’s 50 greatest leaders in the world list

    – – — — -SNIP —

    — — “President Obama wasn’t excluded from Fortune’s World’s 50 Greatest Leaders list,” Fortune said in a statement. “He simply didn’t make this year’s list of 50 outstanding individuals who have demonstrated rare leadership, leadership in multiple areas or who have demonstrated a long history of leading.”

    The White House did not respond to an NBC request for comment.
    ENUFF — !!!

    — -ALL the FINANCIAL PROTECTIONS GIVEN 2 corporations – – -Annnd HE DID some of THAT?? _ – -WHA’??? —WHA’?- —
    — – -YEAH – –THEY —POST — -RACIST!!!

    • morphus

      “He simply didn’t make this (first) year’s list of 50 outstanding individuals who have demonstrated rare leadership, leadership in multiple areas or who have demonstrated a long history of leading.”

      Soooo …. a Hollywood actress, a baseball superstar, a teenage education advocate,a president of a small California college and a former American president meets criteria of “rare leadership, leadership in multiple areas or who have demonstrated a long history of leading” but PBO fails to make the cut?

      • conlakappa

        Truly, what did Billy Jeff do–inspire his minions to run a stealth campaign? Stuck on stupid, Fortune.

        • morphus

          Sounds more like disguised Hillary is inevitable rollout assist.

          • conlakappa

            That’s the stealth campaign to which I refer. No ads. No press release. Just weekly articles about one of their people.

    • aleth

      OH Fortune!!!

      It will not change the fact that he is still PRESIDENT OBAMA!

      His ego is not dependent on their qualifications. They just want to make him irrelevant in their mind but they stay failing

      Keep digging… its gonna be a long 3 years.

  • Miranda

    So…..you have a Nazi-themed party with big ass Swastika flags all around, on MLK Day no less…and ya don’t think that will raise any eyebrows? OK.

    Organizer, restaurant owner defend Nazi-themed party in Minneapolis
    Article by: MATT MCKINNEY , Star Tribune
    Updated: March 19, 2014 – 11:05 AM

    The man behind a World War II party that featured Nazi flags and men dressed in SS uniforms said it was an exercise for actors who play historical roles at fairs and in movies, not a political statement.

    His explanation comes days after a leaked photo from the private event was published online by City Pages, provoking a firestorm of protest against the party and the northeast Minneapolis restaurant, Gasthof zur Gemutlichkeit, that hosted it.

    more here: http://www.startribune.com/local/minneapolis/250887751.html

    http://blogs.citypages.com/food/assets_c/2014/03/new-cpdinnerlogo-560-thumb-560×428.jpg

    • morphus

      Clueless peaceful re-enactors dismayed because of death threats they are receiving since exposure? The re-enactors may not return to this restaurant but you can be assured they will be at it again next year.

    • MsKitty

      “So now we have a lot of bad messages on our phones; they want to burn down the building,” he said.

      “We live in a free country…but from the comments I see, a lot of people they don’t see what freedom is. If I break the law, punish me. But we did this for so many years and everything was fine.”

      For the eleventy billionth time: Living in a free country does not give you a shield when people want to hold you accountable for your idiotic actions.

      I hope the restaurant goes out of business.

      • JojoRaze

        Yes! The 1st Amendment gives you the right to act a fool and the right of onlookers who aren’t gov’t to tell you you’re a fool. Easy easy, imbeciles.

    • TyrenM

      Holy shit. This is where my office goes to “after party” after annual Holiday Party. Imma have words with Managing Partner… or should I just let this go and be like “this ain’t my fight?” Thoughts?

      • MsKitty

        What is your gut telling you?

        • TyrenM

          Share it firm wide so they can’t act like they didn’t know.

          • MsKitty

            There you go. Speaking for myself, every time I never followed my gut instinct on something I always end up regretting it.

            Also, maybe your co-workers might not be Jewish but they may have family or close friends that are, and that would put them in an awkward position.

          • conlakappa

            I’d send it to the managing directly, asking, “Bob, had you heard about this? This is concerning…” and let him think it’s his idea to change venues.

          • Miranda

            Its in the Star Tribune so its not like its just some non-story on some little progressive blog. Its in the main newspaper where no doubt many of those partners have seen it too.

  • Miranda

    Two States Win Court Approval on Voter Rules
    By FERNANDA SANTOS MARCH 19, 2014

    PHOENIX — A federal judge in Kansas on Wednesday ordered federal election authorities to help Kansas and Arizona require proof of citizenship of registering voters, in a decision that could well set a trend for other Republican-dominated states.

    Judge Eric F. Melgren of United States District Court in Wichita ruled that the federal Election Assistance Commission had no legal authority to deny requests from Kansas and Arizona to add state-specific instructions to a national voter registration form. The states sued the agency to force the action after it had turned them down.

    more here: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/20/us/judge-says-us-must-help-states-enforce-voter-id-laws.html?hp&_r=1

    • Alma98

      Another Bush appointee trying to help republicans steal elections because they know they can’t win on merit.

    • morphus

      GOPTEA thugs stay losing. Studies shown that states in the Midwest purging non-citizens experience economic fallout.

  • MsKitty

    GOOD RIDDANCE TO BAD RUBBISH!!!!

    https://twitter.com/nbc6/status/446673001283862528

    • EpiphanySweet

      May he burn!!!

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good MornTin’ MsKitty. ***BIG HUG*** :>)
      ——☺He’s –HOME!!- -http://i1045.photobucket.com/albums/b457/MMM_CLASS/Flames/fire-animated-hot-burn.gif HAH!

      – – –Thank U MsKitty. :>) Good 2 C U. :>) —

      – – -B BLESSED/SAFE/WARM♥ –

  • MsKitty
  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2♥ — –MR. PRESIDENT♥ — -YEAR of –[WOMEN] ACTION –:>)

    — -Obama turns to women’s economic issues- –

    – —–President Obama will kick off a new springtime effort on women’s economic issues with a trip to Orlando on Wednesday, where he’ll discuss efforts to expand female higher education access.

    The trip is the first in a series of events focusing on ways the president and federal government can help shrink the pay disparity between men and women and improve female employment numbers.

    —-The renewed focus comes ahead of the 2014 midterm elections, where Democrats hope to cling to their majority in the Senate and avoid losing seats in the House. Women were crucial to the president’s reelection bid, with the president taking a 12-point advantage among female voters.

    On Thursday, Obama will host a roundtable discussion at Valencia College. His remarks are expected to focus on how women are disproportionately dependent on financial aid, and how many older women seeking postsecondary degrees are balancing their education and families.
    THERE IS MORE —-Woo! Hoo! — -THANK U SIR♥

  • Miranda

    First Lady Arrives in Beijing
    First Lady Michelle Obama lands in Beijing for a weeklong visit focusing on education. She is traveling with her mother and two daughters, Sasha and Malia.

    • itgurl_29

      They all look fabulous!

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good MornTin’ Miranda♥ —**BIG HUG*** :>)
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  • Miranda

    Melissa Harris Perry capes up for Paul Ryan and bashes PBO at the same time……still seeking penance MHP? After having to cry and beg forgiveness to Romney I guess you’re taking no chances huh?

    http://www.thenation.com/article/178918/what-paul-ryan-and-obama-have-common

    • Alma98

      I’m past tired of her, I really am.

    • EpiphanySweet

      MHP got a new baby to raise. She needs her check.

    • itgurl_29

      And this is why I didn’t give a damn when she was on tv crying and apologizing to Mitt. Black twitter was dumb for caping for her.

    • jziglar

      I’m not going to even read it because I don’t have time for these people and their constant whining. It seems like so many people are ganging up on the President right now. I know that the media pundits have to shill for the GOP because they’ve been doing that since the 90’s. But it’s so ridiculous since the President is never running for office again. Do they think he really gives a damn what they think ?

    • jds09

      *sigh*…this the role of black academics these days. The line between nature and nurture is a fine one, and it takes someone of exceptional skill to navigate in a public forum. Paul Ryan doesn’t have the chops to do it and it looks like MHP doesn’t either. This article didn’t need to be written.

    • Kennymack1971

      This is the only thing Blackademics are good for. Lame ass thinkpieces taking shots at the President for failing to pass their Blacker than thou litmus tests. Meanwhile, the Speaker of The House basically told the unemployed to kiss his ass but I doubt we’ll see any thinkpieces about that.

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

      MHP did exactly what TNC did: took PBO’s words out of context and twisted them to fit the “Obama is juss like Paul Ryan” narrative Blackademics have developed.

    • aleth

      Never cared for or felt sorry for her with the Mittens stuff. I guess I was right.

      A waste! They can never attack the GOP because they are cowards but we already knew she was a spineless coward.. go cry to daddy ryan.. what do you expect when she tried to be saved by daddy mittens

      Fuck her and the other one — Coates –

    • edp4bho

      “(S)He’s an asshole” !!

      • conlakappa

        Big time!

  • Miranda

    Angela Corey is evil, she really is.

    Corey’s office sends out Alexander case email

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — State Attorney Angela Corey’s office emailed Florida lawmakers Wednesday with an attachment titled “The Truth about the Alexander Case.”

    In the body of the email, an employee of the state attorney’s office says Corey wanted lawmakers from Northeast Florida to have information on the Marissa Alexander case should they be questioned about it. Lawmakers are considering a warning shot bill, inspired by Alexander’s case, that would expand the Stand Your Ground law to include people who fire warning shots.

    more here: http://www.firstcoastnews.com/story/news/politics/2014/03/18/corey-office-alexander-case-lawmakers/6571689/

    • morphus

      Corey’s scheming didn’t work … the warning shot bill is before Senate today ready for final vote.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Miranda♥– – -☺http://download.installmob.com/animation/ccontennt/17555-f/witch_riding_broom.gif?__sid=ggl
      —-SHE is EVIL/VILE – -annnd IMMA -say it — -a RACIST!!
      Now can she PROVE that se is NOT???

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

      THIS is what MHP and Ta-Nehisi should be writing about, but that’s too much like right.

      • itgurl_29

        They wouldn’t dare. They will NEVER call out any white person. They’re only about that check. And if that means they gotta stab President Obama in his back and twist his words to cape for a racist like Paul Ryan, they will do it.

        • Miranda

          She wrote basically the same thing that Coates wrote…..Its not coincidental, he’ll be a guest on her show the first day she returns back from maternity leave.

        • jds09

          My mother had her doctorate and made a conscious choice not to teach at the University level. (She taught at a community college in the hood, a whole other story.) But I remember asking her why, she said the politics at that were so brutal and black folks were so isolated that they easily forgot who they were. Plus the money wasn’t that much better and the prestige you got wasn’t worth it. I think they might be lost, causing damage, but lost.

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2♥– –Luvin –Lookin’ -BACK)

    — –☺@NerdyWonka – -[THNAK U♥] — –
    Today In 2013: First Dog, Bo, waits for FLOTUS before accompanying her to Maryland Fisher House IV at Walter Reed. pic.twitter.com/eTUMVS9Wsm

    – – -☺Today In 2012: President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden enjoy a St. Patrick’s Day event. pic.twitter.com/47lmCCPeAt

    — –☺Today In 2011: Pres. Obama is given a rock star reception after he delivers a speech at Teatro Municipal in Brazil. pic.twitter.com/huhVpxtrI5
    MORE L8R — :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2♥——GENERATIONS of — BEAUTY♥ —

    – — –☺America’s Best Ambassadors: First Lady Michelle Obama, Marian Robinson, Sasha and Malia arrive in Beijing, China. pic.twitter.com/dXDEgmN9dE :>)

    – –☺First Lady Michelle Obama, her mother Marian Robinson, Sasha and Malia Obama are welcomed to Beijing, China. pic.twitter.com/pALC4BBTmk – –
    –LOVELY DRESSES, HAIR [Malia -- -BEAUTIFUL♥] :>)

    —BLESS THEM♥ :>)

    • Town

      The president & First Lady need Secret Service protection for them girls fo’ sho’!!

    • edp4bho

      Each young lady is beautiful in her own unique way. No wonder PBO’s so protective….LOL!

    • goldenstar

      Sasha is TALLLLLL!

  • Miranda

    Obama orders new sanctions targeting Russia, Putin’s bank
    By Justin Sink March 20, 2014, 11:28 am

    President Obama announced new sanctions against Russia on Thursday and warned that more were on the way if Moscow escalated the crisis in Ukraine.

    The new sanctions target senior Russian officials, influential businessmen in the country and a bank that provides “material support” to allies of Russian president Vladimir Putin. [Read the updated list of sanction targets.]

    Obama also said he had signed a new executive order that would allow him to impose sanctions on “key sectors of the Russian economy.”

    He warned that this step, if taken, would have repercussions to the global economy.

    Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/on-the-money/economy/201275-obama-orders-new-russian-sanctions#ixzz2wWrSm19a

    • jds09

      Okay, we shall see if Putin’s people are about that life.

      What people willfully refuse to see about PBO is that he’s not playin’ with them. Once he decides on a course he has the strength to see it through. He is not swayed by the pundit class, polls, and/or whining members of congress.

      Just like he methodically decimated Al-Queda he’s gonna fuck-up Putin’s inner circle.

      • Aquagranny911

        Jd, I read something interesting today by a business/economy dude. He called Crimea a “Money Pit” He said Ukraine is way better off economically without Crimea. He said they should tell Putin: “Take Crimea & be welcome. You are going to save our economy 3 billion this year alone!”

        He went on with a lot more money stuff. I can go get the link. I thought it was pretty interesting take on this whole mess.

    • MsKitty

      Standard & Poor downgraded Russia’s economic outlook from stable to negative in just the last couple of hours, so yeah it’s gonna leave a mark.

    • morphus

      Preparation for repercussions? Russian billionaires have a new order from Russian President Vladimir Putin: pay your taxes: http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2014/03/20/putin-russian-billionaires-crimea-sanctions/6645141/

      • Aquagranny911

        LMAO! I don’t think this will go well at all.

  • Miranda

    SMH….so now you have right wing nuts in the House running around trying to find out how they too can get on Putin’s sanctions list….LMAO – good Lord these are some stupids. So getting on the list is like getting beyond the velvet rope at the club. These nuts are probably demanding to their staff that they get them on the list. All so they can run to Fox News and their local papers to declare to their dumb ass tea party followers that this shows how they are “standing up to Putin”

    • jziglar

      But I thought they loved Putin ? These people can’t even keep their talking points straight for a week. One day “it’s we love Putin and Obama is weak”, then the next day “Obama is a ruthless tyrant like Hitler who is pushing a radical agenda”, then the following day “Obama is a weak man-child who wears mom jeans, and Putin is so strong that he can wrestle a bear without a shirt”.

    • Aquagranny911

      If my eyes pinwheel any further I am going to pass out & laughing this hard is making me cough.

    • MsKitty

      One of the pundits on twitter said it was like Washington’s version of the Oscars.

      The tweets from the politicians bragging about being of the list have been cracking me up. Life is like one big high school isn’t it?

      • Aquagranny911

        Your comment made me laugh again. If laughter truly is the best medicine. I should be cured of this cold by evening!

  • Aquagranny911

    Dang POU, I woke up with a bad cold this morning. I feel miserable & pitifully sorry for myself. Sniff! Cough! Sneeze!

    • Alma98

      Awww, here’s something that will make you feel better AG.

      • Aquagranny911

        Love that song! It should have won the Oscar. You would crack up if you saw my 3 & 5 year old Grandkiddos do their version. They don’t know all the words but they have dance moves. It’s a riot.

        • Alma98

          I bet they’re so cute! lol

    • conlakappa

      Take care of yourself! If it makes you feel better, or at least gives you a rueful chuckle, we’re expecting more snow on Tuesday. Yes, in the Mid-Atlantic on the 5th day of spring. Huzzah!

      • Aquagranny911

        I’m just grateful I don’t have to shovel the sunshine. I don’t envy you at all. I spent too many winters dealing with snow. I’m done with that now.

        • conlakappa

          The last snow has pretty much washed away, leaving just the mud and rubble that the crappy snow movers piled into snow mountains. I am headed to Richmond at the end of next week and every time we’ve gone, it was 2 days after a snow. This might be my last visit there any time soon.

    • GreenLadyHere

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    • MsKitty

      Get plenty of rest and have Hubby wait on you hand and foot. Feel better soon.

    • crazycanuck

      Four words. Water, garlic, honey, lemon.

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2♥- – -Woo! Hoo! — -HONORING –“DA FUNK” :>)
    — – -☺Museum of UnCut Funk Curators Loreen Williamson
    and Pamela Thomas Hit the Road with “Funky Turns 40″ Exhibition of Black
    Animation Images
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    —– Growing up in the 1970s at opposite ends of New York State, two girls were immersed in all things cool, black and funky.
    – — —IMMA RE-POST THIS in the AFTERNOON — with”The Godfather” — -annnd HIS FUNK. :>)

  • lamh36

    Don’t care if this I’d duplicate, But this may be the only break I have so I’m posting it here.

    something to make us all smile!


    Watch Rep. John Lewis Dance To ‘Happy’ By Pharrell (VIDEO)

    • Aquagranny911

      Great share! I so ♥ that man!

  • jziglar

    Wait so MHP is accusing the President of referencing Charles Murray’s work ? Is this woman serious ?

  • EpiphanySweet

    Ok folks which one of you is EmoBlack on the twitter. Did anyone ever fess up?

    • Aquagranny911

      I read the tweets. Dang, that’s going to hurt! Plus if MHP is lactose intolerant & not just being yuppie, that Starbucks latte will send her for a meet & greet with her toilet this afternoon!

      • EpiphanySweet

        Those tweets are hilarious. Sounds kinda like a few POU family members.

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

      I’m innocent….this time.

      • EpiphanySweet

        Ok. I believe you.

    • Town

      Whoever it is they are pretty funny.

    • Town

      Whoever it is they are pretty funny.

      • EpiphanySweet

        Yes you are Town….yes you are..lol

        • Town

          Well I know I am, but so are they. LOL

          • EpiphanySweet

            Its you Town…confess… Lol

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2♥- — -WHOA! — -Watched THIS program 4-eva. — —

    — -Now you’re torquing! Wheel Of Fortune contestant stuns host Pat Sajak by guessing $45k puzzle with just TWO letters- —

    —-It is one of the biggest challenges in the world of game shows.
    And a Wheel Of Fortune contestant left host Pat Sajak speechless after correctly guessing a $45,000 puzzle with the aid of just TWO letters on Wednesday.

    The man, named Emil, was allowed to guess four letters after being allotted six at random.
    THERE IS MORE — -BIG TIME CONGRATS :>)

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!