July 30, 2014

Wednesday Open Thread: More African-American Firsts

Pierre Caliste Landry

Pierre Caliste Landry (April 19, 1841 – December 22, 1921) was an American slave who after the American Civil War became an attorney, Methodist Episcopal minister, and politician in Louisiana. He is best remembered for being elected in 1868 as mayor of Donaldsonville, the first African American to be elected to that position in the United States.

Pierre Caliste Landry was born into slavery in 1841 on the Prevost sugar cane plantation in Ascension Parish, the son of Marcelite Prevost, a slave and cook, and Roseman Landry, a white laborer. The plantation had one of the largest slave populations devoted to sugar in the state. Landry was sold at auction at age 13 to the Bringier family, which owned 35,000 acres on various plantations. He was likely purchased as the property of Louis Amedée Bringier, who was born on and had inherited the Hermitage Plantation in Ascension Parish (other Bringier plantations were located in St. James Parish). Landry was educated in the plantation primary and technical schools. He also was tutored by the ministers W.D. Goodman and A.L. Atkinson.

Landry married Amanda Grigsby, with whom he had twelve children. After her death, he married Florence Simpkins, and they had another two children. Many of their children continued their parents’ commitment to education and the church.

By the end of the Civil War, Landry had married. He moved with his family to Donaldsonville, Louisiana, known for having the third-largest black community in the state. At the time, many blacks were migrating from rural areas to towns to establish their own communities, trades and businesses.

Landry was elected mayor of Donaldsonville, Louisiana in 1868, where he had founded St. Peter’s Methodist Episcopal Church and become active in local community affairs on many levels. He served as a judge, superintendent of schools, tax collector, president of the police jury, parish school board, postmaster, and as justice of the peace.

He became influential in the Republican Party, establishing the Black Republicans faction and winning election to the Louisiana House of Representatives in 1872 by a large margin. His bill was passed to establish New Orleans University, which became the third Black private college in Louisiana. In 1874, he was elected to the Louisiana State Senate, serving until 1880. The Reconstruction legislature approved public education and supported a variety of public welfare institutions.n 1878. He was elected presiding elder of the Baton Rouge District in 1881. Landry was then elected presiding elder of the Shreveport District in 1885, and in 1889 he became pastor of St Paul Methodist Episcopal Church in Shreveport. At the annual Methodist Episcopal conference in 1891 he was elected to the highest position in the Methodist Episcopal Church, a Presiding Elder of the South New Orleans District.

In 1878 Landry was called as minister of St. Peter’s Church. He became more involved in church affairs, and was elected presiding elder of the Baton Rouge District in 1881. Four years later, he was elected presiding elder of the Shreveport District, where he had moved. In 1889 he became pastor of St Paul Methodist Episcopal Church in Shreveport. He regularly attended the annual conferences of the church, and in 1891 was elected to its highest position, as a Presiding Elder of the South New Orleans District.

During this period following Reconstruction, white Democrats regained control of the Louisiana legislature, in part through physical violence and suppression of black voting by the White League and other militias. The legislature passed restrictive laws that created barriers to voter registration and voting by blacks. Their new constitution at the turn of the century essentially disfranchised black voters, a situation that they maintained into the 1960′s, prior to Congressional passage of civil rights legislation to enforce black citizens’ constitutional rights.

  • crazycanuck

    Morning everyone, I’m up early for an early morning run. Have a great day. I think it’s Wednesday PBomb.

    Anthony Miller ‏@milleralgm22m

    For the people who says Christie will not become POTUS, remember Bush & how the media aided and abetted his rise to POTUS.

    • rigoletta

      I agree with that note of caution but we are also talking about 2016 not 2000 and that matters.

      Nobody can sleep because the GOP is trying to cheat its way out of irrelevancy but the numbers are what they are.

      Christie might be able to pull this mess in NJ but let’s see how he does under real scruntiny about his policies and how he is going to keep touting his “bipartisanship” when that would not fly with the GOP nuts in Washington.

      Christie’s a big man in his state but what does that mean to the Southern and Western Rethugs who run the party?

      They hate his ass.

      • Guns3000

        “Christie might be able to pull this mess in NJ but let’s see how he does under real scruntiny about his policies and how he is going to keep touting his “bipartisanship” when that would not fly with the GOP nuts in Washington.”

        That’s agood point. We will see if he will disavow his own policies like Romney just to get through the primary process.

    • jds09

      I think Christie is more like Giuliani than W. Plus, the media landscape has changed: MSM’s trust/credibility is dropping with the American people, Christie does not have the discipline to survive the world of you tube (his little meltdowns would go viral in minutes) and Americans love candid pics of their polls in action and his optics are not pleasing.

    • gn

      I’m with Rigoletta; I have a hard time seeing how he makes it out of the GOP primaries without giving Dems ammunition to slaughter him in the generals. Christie will have to make a 47% mixtape to appease the GOP base and the general electorate will nail him for it. He also needs to eat into Dem domination of black voters which IMO is on the table whether people believe it or not (I honestly think that treating black voters like there’s nowhere else to go is a colossally bad strategy for Dems), but a successful appeal to 20, 25% black voters will be difficult because of the racism in the GOP’s base, which has worsened since the Bush years.

      • rigoletta

        Christie would have to pull of the greatest political contortion act ever seen to win the GOP nomination and then win in the general.

        Ain’t gonna happen.

        • gn

          I think that the GOP base’s extremism is the problem. They demand craziness from nominees in order to get through the primaries, which later on is repellent to the general electorate, especially the black voters who the GOP needs to edge off of almost universal support of Dems.

      • conlakappa

        Chris Christie had a hand in wrecking careers of prominent black women in the State and the habit of targeting state workers/teachers, with black women being the face. He would have to start mending fences now and that’s not likely to happen.

      • MsKitty

        And this is a completely shallow observation, but how comfortable will people be to vote for a man who is morbidly obese? Nonstop campaigning, not to mention running a country requires a great deal of stamina and strength. It’s not so much oh, Christie’s fat and unappealing, as it is he looks like he’s thisclose to having a heart attack or stroke. A lot of folks may deny this, but deep down it’s probably in the back of their minds. Now if Christie chose a running mate that looks like they would be competent that might allay some folks concerns, but he needs to get serious about his weight issues if he even stands a bit of a chance.

        • conlakappa

          They won’t be. Given that he’s still quite large, either his lap-band isn’t working or he had it removed. The media keeps trying to pretend it’s above caring and he is living proof of being the anti-Obama but that’s only going to go so far.

        • rigoletta

          I think Christie got that lap band surgery done and is losing weight.

          Edited to add: I can’t tell one way or the other if it’s working because frankly Christie still looks quite large.

          • conlakappa

            He didn’t look any smaller in the victory footage I saw of him. I think his people told him to remove it.

        • Guns3000

          “And this is a completely shallow observation, but how comfortable will people be to vote for a man who is morbidly obese?”

          They just did. It’s not a national election of course but where does him being fat rank versus issues voters really care about.

          • conlakappa

            That was in NJ where the track suit on people who’ve not been near a track that doesn’t feature the ponies is rare. How will that match up in California? Colorado? Vermont?

          • MsKitty

            It will be interesting to see that’s for sure.

    • PBomb

      I corrected it. Thanks.

  • Guns3000

    Good morning everyone I saw 12 years a Slave last night. Great film. I’d like to hear anyone’s thoughts on how Christie got 21% of the black vote in NJ especially if they have in some way shape or form a connection to the state?

    • rigoletta

      My half sister lives in NJ and she voted for him. She says he’s done a good job.

      That photo-op with Obama really helped I guess. *Shrug*

      I haven’t pressed her about it but I wonder what a good job means. As someone noted last night the voters voted to increase the minimum wage which Christie didn’t want.

      Christie is GOP to the core. He isn’t a Tea Party member and he puts a softer face on it but the fact is he believes in the same policies that I believe the majority of people in that state wouldn’t support if they were put to a single public vote like the minimum wage.

      • Guns3000

        Thanks for the insight.

      • jds09

        A bit after Sandy, I had a convo with a good friend who is a NJ transplant. She loved the warmth Christie showed PBO and she told me this long story how Christie flew the flags at half mast when Whitney Houston died, despite GOP protests cause she was a “Jersey Girl”. (I don’t know if this is true or not) I said to her “you know his policies suck, right?” She knew but still loved his Jersey spirit. Sometimes I forget how powerful charisma plays in the equation.

        • rigoletta

          Yeah the sense I got from her was that she liked him. I guess this is the NJ version of George W Bush’s vote for him because you’d want to have a beer with him.

          Which is stupid I know but it is what it is.

        • Guns3000

          Good post. I totally forgot about the Whitney Houston thing.

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

          Yeah, he did have the flags fly at half-mast for Whitney, but that shouldn’t have erased the fact that his policies screwed Black people and the inner cities.

          The whole “Christie is so charismatic” thing baffles me because there are more examples of Christie being abusive than of him being warm.

        • itgurl_29

          I was thinking last night that the whole Whitney funeral flag thing may have influenced the black vote as well.

          • Alma98

            Awww it can’t be can it? Are we that easy? if so that’s damn shameful.

    • aleth

      Because AA pastors and the entire nj legislature made deals with Christie. In the end, he ran unoppossed. There is a reason he did a special election for booker. Bookers name woul result in a high turnout for democrat strongholds and carry the day for burno. A lot of nj think he is moderate with the photo op with Pres and think they owe him for Sandy. Hey NJ voted for Whitman too.. We are a crazy state. But by the time is done fucking us over,we will learn something. But look out for Christie legal problems to come

      • Guns3000

        So black folks blindly do what their pastors tell them? I don’t buy that. 21% of the black vote though. That’s high. Now the Sandy thing I think you are on to something.

        • conlakappa

          There’s a certain shadiness to the reputations of some NJ black pastors that goes a ways back. Do you remember when an R operative [Ailes? Whichever is the one whose wife left him for the head of ABC] letting out of the bag that black pastors were paid off to discourage their flocks from voting in the election that brought Whitman?

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

          Are you forgetting the impact Black preachers had in Bush II’s re-election? Bush got a lot of Black votes thanks to pimps in the pulpit advocating for him.

          • Guns3000

            Not 21%

        • BarbinAtlSouth

          I think folks that pay attention to politics forget that we are the minority. Most folks don’t pay attention and go with suggestions of friends, family & people they assume are more knowledgable about the issues.

          I have a friend that asks me EVERY ELECTION how she should vote. Initially, I was appalled. Now I just look at it as me voting twice.

          • Alma98

            I get that too Barb, but I also get friends & family asking me to look up the persons record.

          • BarbinAtlSouth

            My response was more to Guns surprise of 20% of voters going along with pastors (that have been paid off).

    • gn

      He was basically running unopposed. No disrespect to Buono but she just never had a shot and her campaign never took off or got much attention at all (until the very last second). Similar situation with de Blasio and Lhota; a few people who don’t traditionally vote Democratic voted for him as well.

      • Guns3000

        I keep hearing people says he ran unopposed. But how is

        Popular vote 1,242,568 to 718,710 unopposed?

        That’s 60.5 to 38.0
        That’s definitely a demonstrative win but that’s not a landslide.

        Unopposed was Obama vs Alan Keyes for a senate seat

        • gn

          That’s a good point. I think we’re referring to Buono’s candidacy not really getting much institutional Dem and media support (or even attention until the very last second). Kind of speaks volumes that even with that, Christie’s margin of victory was modest despite the media’s hype this morning. Really good point.

    • rikyrah

      sold out from the very beginning.

      • Guns3000

        Who?

  • rigoletta

    Morning everybody.

    • jds09

      Morning rigoletta, guns, cc and everybody else!

  • creolechild

    Good morning POU, and all you early birds.

    Breaking: New Jersey Votes To RaiseMinimum Wage Over Strong GOP Opposition – Posted on November 5, 2013

    New Jersey enthusiastically voted to amend the state constitution to
    raise the New Jersey minimum wage a dollar and tie future increases to the rate of inflation. Indeed, the state’s voters decided to make the ridiculously pathetic $7.25 an hour in a state with one of the highest costs of living (I’m from here), a slightly less pathetic $8.25 an hour.

    Governor Christie, who just won reelection and can now finally focus on (2016) the state’s crushing problems, previously vetoed a bill that would raise the New Jersey minimum wage.[....]

    Read more: http://www.addictinginfo.org/2013/11/05/new-jersey-minimum-wage-vote-raise/

    H/T Michael Hayne

    • MsKitty

      This was a pleasant surprise, I didn’t think my neighbors had it in them to do the right thing. The other side tried hard though, with nonstop ads from Jersey Shore business owners comparing passage of this as a disaster on par with what they experienced with Sandy. You’re trying to pick up the pieces of your life and struggling, yet you want to force others to do the same so you can get yours? I can’t deal with that kind of selfishness.

  • gn

    It’s like they were hoping to see a big loss which they could blame on the website:

    @samsteinhp
    I believe O-care rollout hurt mcaulliffe but is there any data to quantify it or is everything (including this tweet) speculative?

    @ThePlumLineGS
    @samsteinhp Yes, the exits suggest that Ocare hurt but was not enough

    McAuliffe was leading by around 5; he won by around 3 and there are grumblings about 40k ballots getting tossed (I don’t know anything about that though). But seriously they need to hang this up; the ObamaCares trolling failed to deliver a GOP win.

    • gn

      This is why I’m so glad that Pfeiffer, Favreu and others are on twitter:

      @pfeiffer44
      @jonathanchait @samsteinhp surprised but not shocked at poor analysis of VA; Obamacare #s in exits=the obamacare #s in 12, same result

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      A federal website with glitches hurt a candidate in a local race who has nothing to do with it? They stooopid.

      • conlakappa

        My shoulder hurts. #IblameObamacare

      • Town

        The people who hate ObamaCare wouldn’t/shouldn’t have been affected by the website, since they shouldn’t have been getting on it in the first place.

    • rigoletta

      This is the dumbest political commentary.

      Of recent events the GOP shutdown near-armageddon is what did damage to the Tea Party candidate as you would expect in a state full of federal employees.

    • rikyrah

      they purge 40k (that we know of) pretty much right before the election

      • conlakappa

        Which is somehow lost in the narrative of the slim victory. Whatever. No asterisk: there’s a no governor and a new party at the helm. Next.

    • Town

      there are grumblings about 40k ballots getting tossed (I don’t know anything about that though).

      ————–

      40,000 people were purged from the rolls AFTER the voter registration deadline (so obviously a purged person couldn’t re-register) and this was upheld by the Attorney General’s office, which is overseen by Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.

  • creolechild

    Colombian women get their road fixed by refusing to have sex

    Good roads can be a matter of life and death. This is definitely true
    in Barbacaos, a little town in southwest Colombia. You can only access the town by one dirt road, and it’s in horrible shape: A trip to the closest hospital can take up to 14 hours. As you can imagine, it’s not unusual for people die on the way — including women in labor.Now the ladies have taken things into their own hands. They’re
    staging a real-life Lysistrata and refusing to put out until the road is
    fixed.[....]

    You know what they say: Fool me once, shame on me. Fool me twice, prepare to masturbate. And it seems to have actually worked this time! As reporter John Otis told PRI: Just this month, the Army Corps of Engineers has announced, “Yes, we are rebuilding that road,” and the bulldozers are in there and they’re getting going on it. So there appears to be a happy ending this time.[....]

    Read more: http://grist.org/list/colombian-women-successfully-withheld-sex-to-get-their-road-fixed/

    H/T Holly Richmond

  • gn

    See what I mean:

    @Mama4Obama1
    Black women and black men made the difference in the VA Governors race. Otherwise known as President Obama’s base!

    @alinatede
    @Mama4Obama1 @theonlyadult not only black people support and love PBO! He’s the great President of the whole US!

    There’s almost a reflexive need to downplay black contributions to these contests (and from what I’m reading of last night’s VA gov contest, black voters gave that office to McAuliffe, point blank period); this carries over to black people getting placed on the back burner after the votes are counted.

    • Joy

      Morning, all. This is why I sent an email to the Wendy Davis campaign advising her not to make the same mistakes Bill White did. He basically shunned PBO and didn’t make much of an effort with black and brown voters IMO. Waiting to see what she does before I contribute any more of my precious dollars.

      By the way, isn’t today Wednesday?

      • PBomb

        Yes, the title has been updated. Thanks.

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      In other words Black People once again saved White People from their own insanity. Cuccinelli is a nutcase who would have been more than happy to drive Virginia back to the 18th century compete with debtor’s prison and work houses.

      People so angry at the Black guy they are willing to reinstate the feudal system?

      • gn

        Very true Woody! Black voters provided the edge to a politician who needs to explicitly honor that support; we’re not the maids.

        • Town

          How black people should make McAuliffe pay attention to our concerns is by pressing the BLACK delegates/Senators (or white delegates/Senators representing black areas…there’s at least ONE) who are sitting on their asses preening eating scrimp cocktails.

      • rikyrah

        Non-Whites saved this country in 2012….we get no credit… but it is what it is….

        • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

          I forgot about that. Romney would have outsourced their jobs to Pago Pago and made corporate execs not making 20 million a year beg to be night manager on the graveyard shift at Stuckey’s. But there were White People ready to hand him the keys to their own screw over.

          • rikyrah

            Willard won 60% of the White vote…never forget that…..
            60% voted for two sociopaths who vowed to shred the social safety net.
            like I said..
            Non-White people saved this country.

          • rigoletta

            And will continue to do so.

            Non-whites are in the passenger seat of a car trying to take the wheel from the driver who is drunk, flooring the gas pedal and waving around a gun.

          • conlakappa

            Ha! No, we’re that calm black person on “What Would You Do?” who always steps in and tries to take the keys away from the obviously drunk person/takes to task the person who’s not acting right in public.

          • sagittarius

            Morning, Woody!

            A sista with a cold is lurking today, but I had to let you know this comment has me ROFL!

          • Alma98

            Morning sagi! Sending you healing vibes for your cold.

          • BarbinAtlSouth

            Hope you feel better soon.

          • sagittarius

            Thanks, Barb!

  • creolechild

    SURVEY: Despite Website Woes, Most Uninsured People Plan To Keep Trying To Enroll In Obamacare

    [....] The survey found that 17 percent of adults who might be eligible for coverage through Obamacare visited either a state or the federal marketplace in October, and that 60 percent of respondents are aware of the marketplaces’ existence. That’s nearly a 33 percent spike in awareness, compared to a similar survey in September.

    The vast majority — 76 percent — did not enroll in a plan, while just
    one in five adults surveyed did enroll. But three of five adults who
    either hadn’t yet visited a marketplace or visited one without enrolling said they’ll be back. Those people plan to either enroll in a plan, find out if they’re eligible for financial assistance to buy a policy under Obamacare, or find out if they’re eligible for Medicaid by the end of the initial open enrollment period[....]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/11/04/2881751/survey-obamacare-enrollment-website-woes/

    H/T Sy Mukherjee

    • rikyrah

      of course they are.
      if you have no insurance….you think a website will stop you…
      and why the focus on the website
      pick up a fucking phone and call!!

      • jds09

        Seriously. People would camp out in front the offices if need be. Anyone who sincerely supports this meme has had little legitimate adversity in their life.

        • creolechild

          “Anyone who sincerely supports this meme has had little legitimate adversity in their life.”

          And there you have it, a statement that describes a segment of the population that’s been doing all the mitchin…about a website.

        • conlakappa

          How dare you say that?!!! They just got their open enrollment packets–you try to read those things!!! Times is hard, jds09, why must you be so uncaring to the needs of people who have good insurance?!!!

    • rigoletta

      I can’t wait for January 1 2014. What will the media narrative be once all these people start with their health coverage.

      It’s easy to try to paint this as a failure now. Wait until people start getting checkups and are able to take care of health problems they couldn’t before. Wait until lives are saved.

      Let’s see what these fools say then.

      • jds09

        And the economy boosts cause of all those new jobs and extra money in their purses.

      • conlakappa

        Lame Duck.

        • rigoletta

          Congress won’t be.

          • conlakappa

            This I know. But we’ll be back to all elections being local, not worthy of reporting, blah, blah, blah, Obama helped/hurt.

  • gn

    @DanaHoule
    Christie barely mentions ACA, wins big. Cuccinelli focuses on ACA, loses. Pundits: Shows ACA a problem for Dems!

  • GreenLadyHere

    UH! OH! – –POU FAM♥ – - -GUESS WHAT DAY IT IS!? :>) — -GUES WHAT DAY IT IS? - –LOL
    — -***BIG HUG*** annnd a ***BIG fist bump*** 2 all the

    — WOOT! – –WOOT! PEEPS♥ :>) B BLESSED 2-day.♥ – -

    • Guns3000

      This never gets old

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MornTin’ Guns3000. :>) ***BIG HUG*** :>)
        Thank U. :>) – Gotta admit —I look FORWARD 2 Wednesdays. :>)
        Good 2 C U Guns3000. :>) –

  • gn

    @amyewalter

    VA electorate in ’13 mirrored ’12. Obama won VA +4- TMac won it by +3. Why the freak out about closeness?

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      That’s the big story this morning. It was close. Like that means something. A win is a win.

  • creolechild

    IRS Cracks Down on Breaks Tied to Land of Rich Americans

    Behind the glazed white terra cotta facade of the Ritz-Carlton hotel in New Orleans is a 16-year legal battle with the Internal Revenue Service. The developers of the hotel, which is housed in a former
    department store on the edge of the French Quarter, say their promise to preserve the century-old facade entitles them to a $7.4 million deduction. The U.S. tax agency disagrees.

    In this case and dozens like it, the IRS is challenging a complex and obscure tax break that benefits some of the nation’s wealthiest property owners.[....] The conservation easement break is one of hundreds scattered throughout the tax code that members of Congress are reviewing as they consider making the most significant revisions since 1986.[....]

    Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-11-06/irs-cracks-down-on-breaks-tied-to-land-of-rich-americans.html

    H/T Richard Rubin

  • creolechild

    AT&T halfway to goal of 15,000 alternative fuel vehicles

    This may come as a surprise to some, but AT&T operates one of
    the largest vehicle fleets in the country. Which is why it’s reassuring
    to know that the company is diligently working on their commitment to deploy 15,000 alternative fuel vehicles over the course of a ten-year period starting in 2008.

    And they seem to be right on target, five years into the effort and
    they’ve hit the halfway mark with the introduction of the 7,500th
    vehicle – a 2013 compressed natural gas (CNG) Chevy Express van – that was delivered to a technician in Lenexa, Kansas.[....]

    Read more: http://www.mnn.com/green-tech/transportation/stories/at-t-halfway-to-goal-of-15000-alternative-fuel-vehicles

    H/T Melissa Breyer and MNN

  • Farrod

    I was engaged in a spirited debate this morning with a co-worker/ friend from Chi, who blames black men monolithically for the problems of blacks in this country, I fundamentally disagreed. Then uncle tom stepped in to squash the convo. My buddy later says I remind him of Buggin Out (sigh).

    • gn

      Racism and the legacy of slavery + Jim Crow=the #1 problem for African Americans in this country. All else: disproportionate poverty; high rate of unemployment (which cuts across income and educational levels); cultural issues including self-loathing—stems from that #1 problem. He’s in denial IMO.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good Morntin’ Farrod. :>) ***BIG HUG** –:>)

      — -THIS: –> who blames black men monolithically for the problems of blacks in this country,. . – -

      — –OH YEAH? – - – -Annnd IT ALL BEGAN —with —THEM!! – —arrrrgg!!—

      – - — – -Soo – –da “Unca Tom’s” MIND —is –STILL ON DA PLANTATION??? eh?? – -geesh.

      —–Thank U 4 sharin’ Farrod [I fundamentally disagreed.]
      Have a BLESSED —REST of the day. :>)

    • rikyrah

      Black men…all on their own?
      yeah, right, whatever.

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      Your co-worker is right of course. I don’t know how many times I was offered a million dollar job and better living conditions but declined it because I was Black.

    • jds09

      See Farrod there you go disagreeing with Massa and/or the head house negro….lol

    • MsKitty

      Sounds like your friend pays too much attention to Don Lemon.

    • isonprize

      Dude is standing in the MIDDLE of that river.

  • creolechild

    Homeownership Rate Climbs From Lowest Level Since 1995

    [....] Rising real estate values are removing negative equity, helping
    homeowners avoid foreclosure, while also luring would-be purchasers into the market before prices and mortgage rates go higher. The pool of eligible buyers is expanding as U.S. employment improves and families who lost properties during the recession repair their credit and seek another chance at owning.[....]

    Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-11-05/homeownership-rate-climbs-from-lowest-level-since-1995.html

    H/T Prashant Gopal

  • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

    bottom line: if we white folks, both boy and girl, voted responsibly, we wouldn't have hardly any of the problems we do. we're the problem.— SheriffFruitfly (@sherifffruitfly) November 6, 2013

    • isonprize

      Obviously, the Sheriff is in the NFTG club.

  • gn

    Sick:

    @TPM
    Sanford, Florida police won’t prevent neighborhood watch volunteers from carrying guns: http://bit.ly/16FCxsc

  • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

    Somebody got chin checked

    @sfpelosi the majority of white women voted for cuccuinelli, as you can clearly see. not sure what the point in sugar-coating it is.— SheriffFruitfly (@sherifffruitfly) November 6, 2013

    The majority of White women in Virginia voted against their own best interest. The majority of Black women said don’t be stupid.

    • rigoletta

      But but but… the Sisterhood!

      • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

        Uh huh. It’s only the sisterhood when they get to lead it. When they screw up royally and Black women pull their bacon out of the fire then it’s “we did it together.”

        • rigoletta

          The same as it has always been.

    • gn

      We called this last night; black voters deliver these wins yet the only time we’re explicitly paid attention to is when it’s time to count the votes. Other groups wisely credit themselves for these wins and get explicit platforms built for their issues. Many thanks to Sheriff for setting the record straight; not enough people do that.

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

        I saw Cecile Richards trying to push that “Woman are responsible for the VA win” crap. They’re trying to erase Black voters from the equation.

        • itgurl_29

          And she got called out on Twitter too. And NOW gave a statement saying the same thing, how their leadership helped bring about change in VA. Please.

        • TyrenM

          Cecile and NOW gonna get Wendy’s ass whooped, if her own loose lips don’t do it first.

          • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

            What did Davis say?

          • TyrenM

            Last week she joined the “Fix the website” yelling crowd. THEN she had issues voting in her own state. Now (WF) voter suppression is a big issue in TX.

    • isonprize

      The Sheriff is speaking TRUTH. No point in sugarcoating it.

  • rikyrah

    it’s 8:00 am and 42 comments already!!!
    wow

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

  • rikyrah

    the whole
    One other person is typing
    freaks me out

    • rigoletta

      I don’t know what you see but I’m going to leave an open reply box on this reply of mine just to freak you out. BOO!

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

      We already contacted Disqus about it. Here’s their twitter handle if you want to send them your complaints: @DisqusHelp

  • creolechild

    Sending Out Shoeboxes Filled with Happiness for Women

    [....] Because of Whitmore, her city of Winnipeg now benefits from The Shoebox Project, a Canadian non-profit group that distributes gifts in the form of shoeboxes to women living in shelters across the country. The concept is simple — fill up a shoebox with items valued at $50 that a woman in hard times would enjoy but never splurge on for herself.

    “Some of these women will tell you that they haven’t had a birthday gift or a Christmas gift in years,” Whitmore told the Winnipeg Free Press. “These shoeboxes help brighten the holiday season during difficult times and let these women know that they are special and not forgotten.”[....]

    Read more: http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/inspired/sending-out-shoeboxes-filled-with-happiness-for-women.html

    H/T Carolyn Shimmin-Bazak

  • gn

    @davidaxelrod
    McCauliffe polling had race 2 to 4 in final weeks and race finished there. Myth of anti-Obamacare surge offers Tea Party false comfort. 1/2

    • jds09

      You know GN, that “false comfort” line really resonates with me this morning. To paraphrase PBO, the ground has changed beneath them and they don’t even know. PBO saw something in America that others did not see when he decided to run. I eagerly look forward to his memoirs so I can understand what he saw.

      I want a platinum membership in the No Fucks To Give Club. Let them think what they want, let them give meaningless credit to whomever they want to; all I care about is score board. The Obama Coalition is the ascendent group and if we stay on task we will not be put on the back burner.

      The haters can kiss my high yellow ass. All day long.

      • TyrenM

        Searching for your card as we speak!

    • jziglar

      Let the media push that narrative because it will come back to bite them in 2014 and 2016. Actually this hurts Christie because the tea party will believe that a far right candidate can win the presidency and state wide contests. No one should believe the republicans are in great shape when they couldn’t beat a very flawed candidate in a low turnout election in a purple state. If you look at the Lt. Gov race it was a blowout so I wouldn’t hang my hat on a 3-4 point loss.

      • Town

        LT Gov race was a blowout b/c non Tea Party Republicans were uncomfortable voting for the crazy black guy, even though they pulled the lever for the crazy white guys whose views did not differ from the crazy black guy’s.

    • Town

      The last pre-election poll showed McAuliffe with only a 3-4% lead over Cuccinelli, which is ultimately what he won by.

  • creolechild

    BREAKING: Illinois Gay Marriage: Illinois Just Became 15th State To Allow Equality – Posted November 5, 2013

    Illinois gay marriage is almost a reality after the state’s House barely
    passed the bill, 61-54-2, earlier on Tuesday. The Governor is expected
    to sign it.[....] The bill now returns to the Democratically controlled State Senate. The Senate had previously passed an earlier version of the bill. Unlike New Jersey, Illinois’s governor Pat Quinn said that he will gladly sign it into law–the one last hurdle to legalizing Illinois gay marriage.[....]

    Read more: http://www.addictinginfo.org/2013/11/05/illinois-gay-marriage-15th-state/

    H/T Michael Hayne

  • rikyrah

    South Forward @SouthForward

    With @TerryMcAuliffe’s win tonight there will be 4 Southern Dem Govs. AR (Bebee), KY (Beshear) & WV (Tomblin). Let’s add more in 2014!

    9:33 PM – 5 Nov 2013

  • rikyrah

    Jim RobertsVerified account‏@nycjim 2h

    Bill de Blasio’s 49% victory margin was largest in NYC Mayor’s race since Koch’s 68% in 1985. http://nyti.ms/HGer7T pic.twitter.com/YdMOH9oe0o

    Wonderful pic of Bill DeBlasio and Dante from last night.

    https://twitter.com/nycjim/status/398067387863289857/photo/1

    • MsKitty

      Awww at that second pic.

      • conlakappa

        They are so cute together, with such obvious love on display from father and son.

  • rikyrah

    Michael McDonald @ElectProject

    Herring takes small lead overnight in VA AG. There’s still outstanding vote so we’re now waiting for certification then possible recount

    6:36 AM – 6 Nov 2013

  • rikyrah

    Sister Outsider @FeministGriote

    The VA women voter stats exemplifies a bigger problem among white women, their inability to divest from white supremacy & see WOC as peers.

    10:29 PM – 5 Nov 2013

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      Bingo! There is no sisterhood.

    • jds09

      As my Mama told me “the feminist movement is a family fight among white people.”

      • isonprize

        DAMN. jds, just DAMN. As my sweet mama would say “I think you said somethin’ there.”

        Said something, indeed.

  • GreenLadyHere

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    5:10 PM Obama arrives in Dallas.
    5:40 PM Obama participates in an Affordable Care Act event
    .6:15 PM Biden attends DSCC event in Cleveland.
    7:40 PM Obama delivers remarks at a DSCC event.
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  • rikyrah

    GottaLaff @GottaLaff

    It would have been 40,000 votes LESS close in Va. had they not purged voters.

    8:18 PM – 5 Nov 2013

  • rikyrah

    a comment from TOD:
    hopefruit2
    November 6, 2013 at 9:02 am

    I’m seeing a lot of hand-wringing about the VA gov race and Christie’s NJ win, with too much focus on minutiae and not enough appreciation for the big picture – which is OVERWHELMINGLY in the Democrats favor.

    3. Bill de Blasio’s win is FAR more significant than Christie’s NJ win. The media will shy away from discussing de Blasio because it is simply to painful for them to even consider what that win (and the near 50% margin) means for the GOP, who had won the NYC mayoral races for the last FIVE elections. NYT had a very lukewarm “de Blasio is elected Mayor of NY” headline, which told me all I needed to know.

    So the media is NOT happy – regardless of what they spin, or pretend to think, last night was not a good night for the GOP or the media. You can know when the media is not happy based on the number of anti-Obama narratives they are pushing at a given moment. And their one-sided almost exclusive focus on the NJ race without providing proper context is VERY telling. They know deep down that PBO’s influence is beginning to show up in state and local races, and it’s bothering them immensely. Their ability to influence outcomes of election is waning, and dramatically so. The population demographics are shifting, and the public is becoming more aware – despite huge numbers of people who are still apathetic.

    http://theobamadiary.com/2013/11/06/early-bird-chat-66/#comment-876236

    • itgurl_29

      Yes. I saw a tweet that said spoke to what you just wrote:

      @derekjohnson

      NYC mayor is Dem for 1st time in 20 yrs. VA elects gov from same party
      (Dem) as POTUS for 1st time in 36 yrs. Why is tonight about Christie?

      Last night was a HUGE win for Democrats. And it was because of Obamacrats that it happened. And like you said, the media know it and they are pissed.

  • creolechild

    The NRA Lost a Big One in Virginia Terry McAuliffe got an ‘F’ from the gun lobby—and never hid from it

    [....] Terry McAuliffe is the next governor of Virginia. But very few pundits have been framing the race as having anything to say about the state of the gun control cause, despite McAuliffe’s remarkably forthright support for tighter gun restrictions, which included proudly touting his F rating in a debate with Republican Ken Cuccinelli.[....] Republicans and gun right supporters were sure they had finally found a clear edge against McAuliffe.[....]

    But McAuliffe—and the Democrats running for attorney general and
    lieutenant governor—seemed to believe otherwise. They knew that the horror of the Virginia Tech massacre had forever left an impact on the state’s voters. They knew that polls consistently showed large majorities of Virginians backing expanded background checks,
    the measure that failed to get a filibuster-proof majority in the U.S.
    Senate earlier this year, but not before getting support from both Kaine and Mark Warner, a longtime NRA ally.[....]

    Read more: http://www.newrepublic.com/article/115480/terry-mcauliffes-gun-control-stance-virginia-gives-issue-new-life?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=margin&utm_campaign=mostpopular

    H/T Alec MacGillis

  • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

    Well it happened again. The Koch Boys swaggered into the bar threw all kinds of money around then picked a fight and woke up in another alley. The time? I guess about 3:48AM.

    Biden phones winner of memorable Coralville election

    http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20131105/NEWS10/311060031/Biden-phones-winner-memorable-Coralville-election?sf19152303=1&nclick_check=1

    As PBO told us in so many words Big Money is really no match for People Power.

    • jds09

      “woke up in another alley” LOL

    • TyrenM

      Iowa appreciates Biden support.

  • creolechild

    Tell it all…and then come on over to the NFTG Club…we’re taking applications.

    Barbara Buono Rips Democrats For ‘Betrayal’ In Race Against Christie (VIDEO)

    New Jersey state Sen. Barbara Buono (D) took aim at her own party in a fiery concession speech Tuesday night, blasting the “Democratic political bosses” for supporting Chris Christie in the state’s gubernatorial race.

    “The Democratic political bosses — some elected and some not — made a deal with this governor despite him representing everything they’re supposed to be against,” Buono said. “They didn’t do it to help the state. They did it out of a desire to help themselves politically and financially. But we did it our way and I’m proud of that.”[....]

    Read more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/barbara-buono-rips-democrats-for-betrayal-in-race-against-christie

    H/T Tom Kludt

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      Is she right?

      • creolechild

        Ask Sepia. She’ll break it down for you.

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

          MsKitty broke it down. She be knowing, too.

          • creolechild

            Thank you because I couldn’t remember the name of POU fam who were familiar with Jersey politics. (*blush*)

          • isonprize

            like a fraction.

      • MsKitty

        On the money. Buono got absolutely no support from the Dem poobahs, no ad dollars, no campaign logistical help, no nothing. While the bosses didn’t come right out and endorse Christie, they made no effort to hide their support of him and were totally okay being seen at events with the Governor. It was shameful all around.

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

          But check this out: Katrina vanden Heuvel is starting her “Blame Obama and the National Dems” campaign, and tweeted this:

          Good for Barbara Buono for calling out betrayal of national Dem party for failing to step up with more support– will regret it in 2014/16.— Katrina vandenHeuvel (@KatrinaNation) November 6, 2013

          Buono did NOT mention National Dems. She specifically said NJ Dems.

          • conlakappa

            Reading comprehension: Katrina needs improvement…

          • MsKitty

            We don’t need no stinkin’ reading comprehension, especially when it doesn’t jibe with our narrative.

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

            I bet you she didn’t even see Buono concession speech.

          • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

            I just tweeted her asking did she understand Buono was talking about the local Dems.

          • Town

            Well I guess Obama’s gonna lose in 2016! Oh noez!

          • Kennymack1971

            Katrina and the other members of the Emo Miss Ann brigade hardly mentioned Buono’s name in the months and weeks leading up to the election so they can STFU trying to shade PBO behind this.

          • isonprize

            Yeah, Buono didn’t fall in line with the Miss Ann brigade narrative.

        • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

          Why was that? Am I wrong or did Christie actually do something for them? Last I checked he was saying no to just about everything.

          • MsKitty

            The party structures are such that the men that run them (especially on the Democratic side) aren’t so much interested in ideology as it is lining their pockets. Christie has been very good in giving them perks, so they want to keep that pipeline flowing.

            One of many examples: George Norcross has been on a mission to expand Rowan University (a small up-and-coming school in South Jersey) as a large, prestigious institution. Nothing wrong with that goal, except Norcross wanted to do it by “merging” the Camden campus of Rutgers University with Rowan. In this case “merging” would mean that all presence of Rutgers would vanish from South Jersey and they would only be left with 2 campuses. Christie greased the wheels for this to happen and they would have succeeded were it not for an angry uprising from us Rutgers alumni raising hell to the legislature. The heat got to be too much for both Norcross and Christie so they ended up abandoning the plan.

            Like I said one of many examples.

          • isonprize

            Ms Kitty. I remember that. It hit the news in Philly hard. Rutgers alumni WERE NOT HAVIN’ IT!!!

          • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

            Wow.

          • gn

            Sewer politics at its finest.

      • isonprize

        Yes, sir/ma’am. She’s on point like a soldier. Folks was about getting paid. Though it is tough to beat an incumbent, the NJ dems were not in her corner. Salivatin’ thinking that if Christie would win the prexy in 2016, they could say ‘I knew you when.’ But Christie ain’t gonna win, and even if he did, he is not loyal like that. Christie is about Christie.

        • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

          They don’t know that he’s all about himself?

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥- – - CONTINUIN’ 2 FOLLOW THIS: —

    – –Jonathan Martin bullying: Other NFL players cite lack of leaders in Miami

    - — -Eleven seasons into his football career, Washington Redskins
    linebacker Nick Barnett figures he has a pretty good sense of the sort
    of teasing and hazing and horsing around that happens in the typical NFLlocker room, especially when it comes to rookies.
    They’re stuck with $5,000 dinner tabs. They’re told to tote the helmets or pads of older players. They’re held down and given unwanted haircuts or get their eyebrows shaved.

    —-SNIP- —
    “You have different people, different personalities, different cultures in here, and it’s not going to be the same as in an accountant’s office or Wall Street. Same as our armed forces,” Barnett said, standing at his locker after Washington’s practice. “But every social setting has its standards, and when (you) cross those standards …especially with a guy who is 6-something-foot tall, 300 pounds … not coming to practice because he feels bullied or whatever the case is, now we have an issue.”

    While some players said they figure the NFL to make clear certain
    kinds of locker-room behavior won’t be tolerated, Commissioner Roger Goodell has so far been silent on the matter; a spokesman said the league is “currently engaged in a thorough review of the situation.” The players’ union issued a statement Tuesday saying it expects the NFL andteams to “create a safe and professional workplace for all players.”
    — —[Ohh PUH-LEEZE. - - -HE KNEW!!]-

    Annnd — “AIR”body KNEW ’bout this RACIST BULLY:

    – - – -Richie Incognito’s bully reputation goes back to 2002 — — HE NEEDSTA –GO – - -> 2 JAIL!!!
    More L8R.

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

    Here’s something the media is ignoring about Christie’s win:

    1. Even though he won, NJ Dems kept control of the legislature. Folks thought NJ Repubs were gonna ride on Christie’s coattails and flip NJ to red. It didn’t happen. They only picked up ONE seat in the assembly.

    2. NJ voters voted for an increase to the minimum wage…something Christie was against.

    So, this win wasn’t a vote FOR Christie’s policies, like the media is spinning it to be. It was an expected win, but the media is hyping it because they want a Clinton vs. Christie race in 2016, which would be cable news rating gold.

    • Town

      Maybe that was part of the bargain NJ Dems made with Christie: we let you win the Governorship as long as we keep control of the statehouse.

      • JojoRaze

        Exactly. It seems to me that Christie running this way also freed him from having to campaign with or for other Repubs. He doesn’t have to embrace too closely Repubs crazy, and the Dems keep the real power in the state house. It’s symbiotic and the people of NJ lose.

      • jziglar

        It probably wouldn’t have mattered because the republican party is not very popular in NJ. Christie barely mentioned that he was a republican. He ran on his personality and fake moderate shtick

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ — -Anothe POIGNANT PIC —TWEETIN –TRUTH :>) –

    — -☺ ‏@keithboykin
    Dante de Blasio on the front page of the New York Times. pic.twitter.com/atQjmbTNtg
    MORE L8R. :>)

    • isonprize

      Can I tell that I love, love, LOVE Dante Deblasio’s afro. LOVE it, LOVE it, LOVE IT!!! I grew in the ’70s when afros were the style.

      Trust me when I tell you, that young man’s afro is RIGHTEOUS!!!

      • GreenLadyHere

        GOOD MORNTIN’ –isonprize. :>) —***BIG HUG*** :>)

        —***BIG BIG fist bump*** LOL

        - BEYOND- RIGHTEOUS!!! –:>)
        annnd he is a gentleman. – –RAISED WELL. :>)

        — –I joined U in the 70-’s — – annnd occasionally – -RE-VISIT. :>)

        — -Good 2 C U isonprize. Have a good day. :>)
        P.S. —OUR BELOVED FIRST LADY♥ is in OUR STATE 2-day. Woo! Hoo!

    • rikyrah

      love it

  • gn

    I love my twitter stream, I just do:

    @ezraklein
    Worrying signs for Democrats in Virginia’s exit poll http://wapo.st/1b8OR3U

    @allanbrauer
    Hey y’all, @ezraklein is severely concerned that young people weren’t as inspired to vote for McAuliffe as they were for Obama.

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      Somehow I doubt he would be doing the same if Republicans had won.

    • Town

      Young people voted for Sarvis, the Libertarian with a black wife who was all like “Drugs? Who cares?”

  • Alma98

    Morning POU!

    • GreenLadyHere

      - –GOOD MORNTIN’ Alma98 :>) ***BIG HUG*** –Ohhhh—-WHAT a UNIQUELY LOVELY CREATION. :>) Annnd — I C that –GREEEEEEEN♥ :>)
      — – -We need the SUN here —Waaay 2 ovacast. :>) –
      THANK U 4 OUR “DAILY JOY”. :>) -
      –B BLESSED –U♥/DAUGHTER♥/FAMILY♥ :>)

      • Alma98

        Good morning GLH! We’re overcast with rain too, happy to oblige with the green lol. Thanks for thinking of daughter she is doing well and staying positive. Blessing to you & yours.

        • GreenLadyHere

          :>) Alma —Thank . :>) ALWAYS appreciated. :>)

          • Alma98

            (((BIG HUGS))))

    • rikyrah

      Good Morning, Alma :)

      • Alma98

        Morning rikyrah:) I left you a message up top lol.

    • qosine

      Good Morning Alma and POU fam!

      • Alma98

        Good morning qosine!

  • creolechild

    Nearly 40,000 New Green Jobs Created Across America During 2Q 2013

    [....] Nearly 60 projects were either announced or launched in 27 states during 2Q 2013, according to E2’s report. These projects will create 38,600 green jobs, slightly higher than the 37,400 green jobs E2 tracked in 2Q 2012, and on pace to surpass the 110,000 total green jobs created in 2012.

    Renewable energy generation was led by solar power and wind energy, representing 31 projects and nearly half of the total green jobs outlook, with more than 13,300 new openings – more than any other sector. Solar energy projects represented a whopping 10,400 green jobs, equaling 75% of all power generation and 25% of all green jobs. Not to be outdone, wind energy projects chipped in more than 2,500 new positions, up from just 800 in the first quarter.[...]

    Read more: http://cleantechnica.com/2013/08/30/nearly-40000-new-green-jobs-created-across-america-during-2q-2013/

    H/T Clean Technica

  • itgurl_29

    138 comments and it’s not even 10:30! POU is not playing this morning.

    • Alma98

      I know!

  • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

    Somewhere in Putinville, Edward Snowden is trying desperately to get in touch with Eric Holder.

    Nadezhda Tolokonnikova ‘Transferred To Siberia’

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/05/nadezhda-tolokonnikova-siberia_n_4217448.html

    • gn

      “See what had happened was…”

      • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

        LOL!! “And see it was only when I got to Hong Kong – on vacation mind you – that I opened up the laptop and said, Hey! This stuff ain’t mind. Next thing I knew people were knocking on my hotel door.

        And it’s spelled G-r-e-e-n-w-a…”

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

    This is not good….

    James family returns to Newark City Hall as former mayor’s son wins council seat
    By David Giambusso/The Star-Ledger

    …John Sharpe James, son of former Mayor Sharpe James, was elected to a vacant at-large council seat tonight in a commanding 40 point victory
    over the next highest vote getter, according to unofficial returns.

    “We know the real Newark. We know what Newark used to be,” James told a crowd of roughly 200 supporters at Newark’s Key Club. “We need to go back to that Newark.”

    MORE: http://www.nj.com/essex/index.ssf/2013/11/james_wins_newark_council_seat_setting_the_stage_for_battle_in_city_hall.html#incart_river_default

    • isonprize

      Definitely NOT a good thing. While we have had our fun slammin’ Cory Booker, Sharpe James was a piece of work. I can’t imagine that the son is much better.

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

        OK! I’d much rather have Booker as mayor than anyone in James clan.

        And you’re right, John is just as trifling as his daddy. This is what Newark voted for: http://img41.imageshack.us/img41/4043/johnso.jpg

        • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

          Uh oh.

  • creolechild

    Apple’s Arizona factory to create 2,000 new jobs in United States

    Apple has announced that it will create 2,000 jobs in manufacturing, engineering and construction in the United States by opening a new factory in Mesa, Ariz. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer said 700 of the jobs will be manufacturing positions in the first year, and 1,300 of the jobs will be in construction and related areas.[....] The plant will be the hi-tech company’s second new factory in the US in less than a year.

    Before the recent opening of its Austin, Texas, factory, Apple had not manufactured its products in the US in almost a decade. Following criticism of worker conditions at its factories overseas, Apple chief executive officer Tim Cook has taken steps to shift some manufacturing back to the US. The Arizona factory itself will be environmentally friendly, run entirely on solar and geothermal energy.[...]

    Read more: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/united-states/131105/apple-create-2000-us-jobs-new-arizona-factory

    H/T Samantha Stainburn

  • Alma98

    Wow Town the AG race, could it be any closer.

    • Town

      I think part of the problem is both of those guy’s first names is “Mark”.

      I’ll be surprised if Herring actually pulls it off. He was IMO a weak candidate in the primaries. He had a lot more money than his challenger, Justin Fairfax. Yet Fairfax came within 4pts of beating him and Fairfax only had about 63 cents in his pocket to work his campaign. I didn’t even see any Herring commercials on TV as to why people should vote for Herring; his ads were “Obenshain is scary, don’t vote for him.”

  • rikyrah

    Pot Reform’s Race Problem
    The fight against marijuana prohibition must put racial justice at the center.
    Carl L. Hart
    October 30, 2013

    As a neuropsychopharmacologist who has spent the past fifteen years studying the neurophysiological, psychological and behavioral effects of marijuana, I find this particular effect of pot prohibition most disturbing. Each year, there are more than 700,000 marijuana arrests, which account for more than half of all drug arrests. And now, largely because of the selective targeting of African-American males, one in three black boys born today will spend time in prison if we don’t take action to end this type of discrimination. The gravity of this situation contributed to Attorney General Eric Holder’s remarks about mass incarceration, which he described as “a kind of decimation of certain communities, in particular communities of color.”

    Throughout its study of marijuana, the scientific community has ignored this shameful marijuana-related effect. There are virtually no articles in the scientific literature addressing it. One possible reason is that the National Institutes of Health has not made it a priority to understand or prevent racial discrimination, even though the devastating impact of racism on health is well documented. The NIH, specifically the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), funds no less than 90 percent of the world’s research on marijuana. If that doesn’t include studies on race, then the research is not likely to be done.

    http://www.thenation.com/article/176917/pot-reforms-race-problem#

    • Alma98

      We had a white boy who’s daddy was a car dealer trying to sell marijuana in the neighborhood park. We called the police often on his ass and they just let him roam free but arrested black kids smoking it. We got our local reps involved and our alderman even took pics lol. And finally they did something about it. I haven’t seen him for 3yrs now so maybe his ass is locked up somewhere.

  • Alma98

    Where’s rikyrah? I see she’s making white women over at BJ hot with her VA polling numbers for white women lol.

    Elizabelle says:
    November 6, 2013 at 9:48 am
    @rikyrah:disqus :

    I am a white woman who worked my ass off to see the Democrats elected
    in Virginia. There were a lot of us white women, working energetically
    for months. With nonwhite women and all sorts of people.
    Would you stop throwing paint with such a broad brush?
    It’s becoming offensive.

    • rikyrah

      LOL

      • isonprize

        Rikyrah, shame on you. You hurt a Becky’s feelings. Shame, shame, shame. LOLOLOL

      • Alma98

        I fell out lmao when I read that!
        They know they get their fee fees hurt so easily lol.

        • isonprize

          That isht gets real, REAL tiresome. The hurt feefees and the “I’m scared when a black man walks down the street.”

          One of my married gfs had one tell her that “If he wasn’t your husband, I would be scared of him.”

          REAL TIRESOME.

          • Alma98

            WTH! I would have had some choice words for her ass.

          • conlakappa

            I would have just two: Grow.Up.

          • TyrenM

            Like watching women I’ve worked with for several years now clutch their purses while riding down the office elevator. Duck their heads when you see them on escalator or outside during lunch hour…

            I could go on but somebody might recognize themselves.

      • TyrenM

        Careful. They might do you like they did JB lol.

    • Tunisia

      lol…why is she offended? As the old saying goes….if the shoe fits, wear it.

      • rikyrah

        she doesn’t even wear the shoe…but I’m supposed to not state the FACTS?

        • conlakappa

          I plan to broach the topic with one of the white Virginia women in my office, not in a way that puts her on the defensive but to hear her insight.

          • goldenstar

            Good luck!

          • goldenstar

            Good luck!

    • MsKitty

      Aww, Miss Ann has a sad. Who wants to make her a cup of chamomile tea?

      • jds09

        What they don’t realize is that attitudes like this make them untrustworthy. Their skin is so thin, who could trust them to have their backs in a knock down dragged out fight. Please, little girl sit in the corner and weep while the women handle this. Sheesh.

        • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

          Like van Heuvel she too is suffering from reading comprehension defieciency given that rikyrah never said every white woman in the state of Virginia.

      • Admiral_Komack

        Let her make her own damn tea.
        It’s called empowerment.

    • itgurl_29

      I had to go over there to support my girl, Rikyrah. White women always do that to derail. “Well, I voted for Dems so stop generalizing us! That’s racist!!”. It’s always about them. Their feelings and comfort is more important to them than black women getting credit and the political spoils for the work that we do. I’m sick of their asses and I’m so glad as soon as those exit polls came out last night, that people were getting on their sellout asses. It’s past time for them to stop taking credit for our work.

      • Alma98

        I like that they always blame older white women and that’s totally not true.

      • jds09

        I saw a derailment bingo card on twitter. I think I saved it.

      • gn

        Bingo!

        than black women getting credit and the political spoils for the work that we do

        When it’s time to count the votes, black voters mean a great deal. Afterwards, it’s “well they always vote for Dems and have nowhere else to go, so that’s their reward,” or “they only voted because she or he was black so that’s all they all need to get” etc. etc. meanwhile you see other groups’ voting loyalty discussed ad nauseum and more importantly—those groups are catered to very explicitly which sends a message about social standing and who is important and who is not. It’s a situation which needs to change IMO. And demanding recognition for coming out in these numbers, regardless of who is “offended,” is a key to that.

    • rigoletta

      I wish political sites weren’t blocked on this computer because I’d wade in there with you.

      They can stay mad. St. Ronnie talked about a new morning in America well it’s here and it’s shining a light on everything.

      The truth hurts. Now let Hillary run on her sisterhood nonsense and let’s see what that gets her. LOL.

      • jziglar

        I think she even realizes that if she runs that play book won’t work. Most democrats have finally realized that they won’t get a majority of the white vote. Terry Mac took the Obama play book and ran with it.

        • conlakappa

          And made sure to have the President and First Lady involved. If nothing else he learned from being Clinton’s wingman, don’t run away from the sitting President. You’ll gain more votes than you’ll lose.

          • Town

            Especially if said president carried the state you’re trying to be the governor of.

            That’s what doomed Dudds back in 2009. He ran far, far away from Obama and only brought him in at the last minute to save his worthless hide.

          • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

            Are you listening Creigh Deeds?

          • Town

            Deeds is finished. I think he even got redistricted out of his district.

          • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

            Yeah I know. He was the first one to try this mess and got spanked by an extremist masquerading as a moderate. Dems didn’t learn their lesson so they tried it in 2010. Result? Blue Dogs got wiped out. McAuliffe said forget that noise.

        • macademic

          I don’t give to Democrats unless asked by Team PBO/ OFA. That’s how it’s gon be.

      • itgurl_29

        Now that chick on BJ is telling rikyrah that’s this is reminding her of the Hillary/Obama Puma days and she’s tired and the doesn’t want to discuss it anymore. As soon as you step to them, they play victim and want to end whatever shit they started, while pretending you’re being rude and aggressive.

        That’s what white women do. When they get called out on their Miss Ann shit, they be running like:

        http://gifrific.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/snow-white-run-away.gif

        • conlakappa

          Quick: hie thee to purchasing stock in fainting couches!

        • jds09

          This Snow White gif is PERFECT on soooooo many levels. lol

        • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

          Hmm. The old I’m done so the discussion is over routine. You know. A form of dismissal.

        • Alma98

          You listen here you sassy black woman I have had enough of your back talk LOL. And that’s why there is a big divide between white women and woc.

        • rikyrah

          her going back to Hillary/Obama, I just had to put up the hand and go
          ‘girl, bye’.

          • itgurl_29

            Chile…she is a mess. All you did was post that one tweet and she lost it. The mere mention of that FACT set her off. And you notice she ain’t said jack shit in response to me since I told her exactly what she was trying to do. She was derailing because her feelings mattered more than BW getting proper credit.

    • Daltex82

      The truth hurts.

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

      If it don’t apply, Miss Ann should let it fly.

    • jziglar

      Someone needs to ask: What is the matter with white voters ? President obama have done well with white voters in the Northeast, Midwest, and west coast but the majority of white voters as a whole continue to vote against their interest no matter the race of the candidate on the dem side. This is true in the South where the president lost white voters by the largest margin. The white emos need to address their own people.

      • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

        “The white emos need to address their own people.”

        This again and again!! White voters elected Reagan and he almost destroyed them. Brush cutter Bush almost finished the job and Romney was that close to sending them to the nearest work camp. But they continue to elect people who by and large hate their guts. Go figure.

    • Tafr

      A hit dog sure will holla! Funny how some of these white women were mad that we voted for Obama over Hillary, yet do not want to address the white voter problem as jziglar put it. Black folks, especially black women, are probably the most loyal voting block the dem party has. Miss Ann can vote against her own best interest in regards to healthcare and female reproduction rights while the typical black voter will take up the slack by voting for Dems. The truth hurts.

  • creolechild

    Gotta love it! PBO’s administration is coming at em from all sides.

    Get Ready For A Regulatory Crackdown On Abusive Debt Collectors

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is closing in on new rules to crack down on debt collectors, and it wants to hear from
    borrowers who have had run-ins with collectors as it moves forward.

    The bureau is launching the next stage of its effort to curb debt collector abuses on Wednesday by seeking public comment on how collectors operate now and how those practices should be reformed.[...]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2013/11/06/2897991/debt-collectors-cfpb-crackdown/

    H/T Alan Pyke

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ — – -WHAT a DIFFERENCE — – :>)

    - – - -☺November 6, 1973
    Coleman Young elected mayor of Detroit. —-

    — – -1989 Coleman Young for Mayor Commercials Detroit

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      I know he got handed some stuff when he first took office but….

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MOrnTin’ woody45. :>) ***BIG HUG** :>)

        Although i di-int follow him closely – –HERE is an article of HIS ACCOMPLISHMENTS: –:>)

        - –http://www.cayf.org/about_person.php –

        Accomplishments
        Mayor Young was elected five times. Among his many accomplishments:

        — ☺Young integrated the police force and raised its professionalism to nationally acclaimed levels.

        - — ☺Young balanced the city’s budget despite a declining tax base and federal and state cutbacks.

        — -☺Young provided unprecedented opportunity in city government to blacks and women and increased the awarding of minority contracts an astounding seven-thousand fold, spurring an African-American
        entrepreneurialism that continues to transform the city.
        – — -
        Good 2 C U woody45. :>) Have a good day. :>)

        • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

          Thank you GLH for that information.

          • GreenLadyHere

            woody45. My pleasure. :>) -
            - Gotta —”SPEAK TRUTH” :>) —

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ — -From Mr. Bob — -GLOATIN/ Time. .

    – - – -Sadistic Obamacare Opponents Giggle and Smirk Over Relatively Minor ACA Glitches
    - – - – -There’s something egregiously disgusting about the increasingly desperate opposition to the Affordable Care Act. In addition to the breathlessly tenacious campaign to undermine, de-fund and repeal the law, there’s an almost delighted, smirky, satisfied attitude on display that seems especially immoral as various glitches in the ACA emerge.
    Despite the fact that the ACA’s problems are relatively minor, opponents are practically orgasmic as they systematically inflate each glitch into the portend of the ACA’s demise.

    Take for example a conservative talker named Will Cain. No, I didn’t
    know who he was either until I looked him up. On Mediaite’s pundit “Power Grid,” Cain ranks between Krystal Ball and Margaret Carlson, so he’s somewhat well known. In addition to being a contributor to Glenn Beck’s The Blaze, he also made news a while back when he inexplicably compared the ACA with Jim Crow laws. Yes, the Jim Crow card from a guy who supports Voter ID laws.

    Yesterday, Cain appeared on CNN with Ashleigh Banfield to discuss the president’s alleged “lies”regarding people keeping their grandfathered insurance policies if they like them. Cain seemed downright giddy about the two — yes, only two temporary problems with the ACA. Seriously, I rarely yell at my computer screen, but as I watched Cain manically smirk and babble about the ACA with full caffeinated dudebro awfulness, I let the expletives fly.

    Banfield introduced Cain by remarking that the flummoxed website and the canceled policies are like “fish in a barrel” for Cain, to which
    Cain replied through frat-boy laughter, “So alright! You teed it up for
    me, it’s time to spike it, huh!”

    THERE IS MORE – - – -LOL

  • creolechild

    This won’t stop them because they’re deeply invested in tying anything negative that happens to the man sitting in the Oval Office..THAT ONE is to blame for errryyyyyyythang (let them tell it).

    Brother dismisses conspiracy theories of ‘Michael Hastings truthers’

    The brother of journalist Michael Hastings says he and his family
    were satisfied with the police investigation into his brother’s fatal
    car crash and dismissed claims by “truthers” who believe he was killed by the government.

    “There were a lot of journalists-in-quotes who didn’t seem to have
    read (the police report) very carefully or were, irresponsibly I think,
    taking things out of context,” said Jonathan Hastings. “I guess that’s
    understandable — I mean, of course the press is going to sensationalize things and play up the juicy stuff. But just because it was understandable didn’t mean I liked it.”[....]

    Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/11/06/brother-dismisses-conspiracy-theories-of-michael-hastings-truthers/

    H/T Travis Gettys

  • creolechild

    The Biggest Winner From Last Night’s Election? Obamacare

    Virginia’s Ken Cuccinelli — the loudest critic of health care reform — went down in defeat on Tuesday night, paving the the way for the “bellwether for national politics” to expand Obamacare to nearly 400,000 Virginians.

    A 10-member panel is currently considering whether the state should accept federal dollars to provide insurance to individuals and families below 133 percent of the federal poverty line ($31,321 in income for a family of four) through its Medicaid program.[....] On the campaign trail, he repeatedly promised to build bipartisan consensus over the measure, going so far as to say that “he would not sign a budget that did not include Medicaid expansion.”[....]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/11/06/2897531/nights-election-vindication-obamacare/

    H/T Igor Volsky

    • rikyrah

      THIS THIS
      1000X THIS
      THIS is the most important part of the election.
      SO, of course the MSM doesn’t bring it up

      • conlakappa

        He was the first AG to sue, barely waiting for the ink of the President’s signature to dry. His concessions speech, such that it was, was clearly a job application for some national organization that will continue to fight that losing battle.

        • macademic

          “clearly a job application for some national organization”
          Absolutely! In fact, given his and the current Repug gov’s having been on the take *in office*, it’s hard not to think that the office is always secondary to the grift with these mofos.

  • creolechild

    “Would like to spend more time with his family.” Are you pondering what I’m pondering?

    Rep. Jon Runyan (R-NJ) will not seek re-election for a third term in 2014, according to the Burlington County Times. The GOP congressman, a former a football player for the Philadelphia
    Eagles and San Diego Chargers, would like to spend more time with his family and see his son play football at University of Michigan[....]

    A democratic candidate for the seat, Burlington County Freeholder
    Aimee Belgard, has aleady registered her candidacy with the Federal Election Commission, but the GOP has yet to find a replacement for Runyan. A formal announcement is expected later on Wednesday.

    Rep. Tim Griffin (R-AR), also a two-term congressman, announced in October that he would not seek a third term.

    Read more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/report-runyan-won-t-seek-re-election-in-2014

    H/T Caitlin MacNeal

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

      I smell a scandal!

      • jds09

        LOL. “Spending time with the family” is always the tip off

      • conlakappa

        So ask “which family?” No, I know nothing. Just stirring up trouble!

      • MsKitty

        Gotta be. His district is solid red thanks to gerrymandering.

    • GreenLadyHere

      GOOD MORNTIN’ creolechild. ***BIG HUG** :>) —

      – -MORE time with da fam —-annnd —LESS in the —

      — — –SPOT LIGHT. -http://lecatr.people.wm.edu/PerformgActorInSpots.gif – - – - – -HAH!- —
      — –GOTCHA — – -**wank —wank*** LOL

      –WATCHIN’ – — -The Future –HEADLINES. :>)

      Good 2 C U creolechild. :>)

      • creolechild

        Good morning Baby Doll! Sending a big hug your way. Hope you have a great day.

        • GreenLadyHere

          :>) — – -THANK U creolechild. :>) – -Back @-chu. :>)

    • rikyrah

      uh uh uh

  • BarbinAtlSouth

    Good Morning POU!

    (whew, made it before noon)

    • Alma98

      Morning Barb!

    • qosine

      Good Afternoon Barb!

  • creolechild

    TICK, TOCK…

    Two Months Until First Deadline – Tax Division Encourages Banks to
    Participate in the Program for Non-Prosecution Agreements or Non-Target Letters for Swiss Banks and Publishes Comments on the Program

    [....] In addition to requiring cooperating banks to provide detailed information as to other banks that transferred funds into secret accounts or that accepted funds when secret accounts were closed, banks that receive non-prosecution agreements will also be required to provide detailed information on an account-by-account basis for accounts in which U.S. taxpayers have a direct or indirect interest, cooperate in treaty requests for account information, agree to close accounts of account holders who fail to come into compliance with U.S. reporting obligations, and to pay substantial penalties commensurate with their culpability.[....]

    Read more: http://blogs.justice.gov/main/archives/3388

    H/T U.S. Department of Justice

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!

  • sagittarius

    Morning, Fam!

    Y’all are bout it today – 257 comments in the thread?!

    Have a wonderful day!

    • rikyrah

      Good Morning, Sag!!

      • sagittarius

        Good afternoon, Rikyrah!

    • Alma98

      Hey sagi! feel better soon.

      • sagittarius

        Hi, Alma!

        Thanks… I’m pretty sure this is a result of the inconsistent weather.

    • qosine

      Good Afternoon, sagittarius

      • sagittarius

        Good afternoon, qosine!