August 2, 2014

Thursday Open Thread: More African-American Firsts

Continuing with this week’s theme, I am going to highlight some more  historic African-American firsts. Today’s person had a very interesting life and sadly, he is still not discussed very much. He is also one of the earliest advocates of the use of “black” instead of “colored.”

 

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James McCune Smith (April 18, 1813 – November 17, 1865) was an American physician, apothecary, abolitionist, and author. He is the first African American to hold a medical degree and graduated at the top in his class at the University of Glasgow, Scotland. He was the first African American to run a pharmacy in the United States.

In addition to practicing as a doctor for nearly 20 years at the Colored Orphan Asylum in Manhattan, Smith was a public intellectual: he contributed articles to medical journals, participated in learned societies, and wrote numerous essays and articles drawing from his medical and statistical training. He used his training in medicine and statistics to refute common misconceptions about race, intelligence, medicine, and society in general. Invited as a founding member of the New York Statistics Society in 1852, which promoted a new science, he was elected as a member in 1854 of the recently founded American Geographic Society. But, he was never admitted to the American Medical Association or local medical associations.

He has been most well known for his leadership as an abolitionist; a member of the American Anti-Slavery Society, with Frederick Douglass he helped start the National Council of Colored People in 1853, the first permanent national organization for blacks. Douglass said that Smith was “the single most important influence on his life.”  Smith was one of the Committee of Thirteen, who organized in 1850 in New York City to resist the newly passed Fugitive Slave Law by aiding fugitive slaves through the Underground Railroad. Other leading abolitionist activists were among his friends and colleagues. From the 1840′s, he lectured on race and abolitionism and wrote numerous articles to refute racist ideas about black capacities.

Both Smith and his wife were of mixed-race African and European ancestry. As he became economically successful, he built a house in a good neighborhood; in the 1860 census he and his family were classified in that neighborhood as white, whereas in 1850 they were classified as mulatto. He served for nearly 20 years as the doctor at the Colored Orphan Asylum in New York but, after it was burned down in July 1863 by a mob in theNew York Draft Riots, in which nearly 100 blacks died, Smith moved his family and practice out to Brooklyn for safety. The parents stressed education for their children. In the 1870 census, his widow and children continued to be classified as white. To escape racial discrimination, his children passed into white society: the four surviving sons married white spouses; his unmarried daughter lived with a brother. They worked as teachers, a lawyer, and business people.

Smith’s unique achievements as a pioneering African-American doctor were rediscovered by twentieth-century historians. They were relearned by his descendants in the twenty-first century when a three-times-great-granddaughter took a history class and found his name in her grandmother’s family bible. In 2010, several Smith descendants commissioned a new tombstone for his grave in Brooklyn. They gathered to honor him and their African-American ancestry.

Smith was born free in 1813 in New York City (New York state had passed gradual abolition in 1799; children of slave mothers were born free but had to serve an indenture until early adulthood.) His mother, believed to be Lavinia Smith, achieved her freedom later in life; she said she was a “self-emancipated woman.” She was born into slavery in South Carolina and had been brought to New York as a slave. His father was Samuel Smith, a white merchant and his mother’s master, who had brought her with him to New York from South Carolina.

The boy grew up only with his mother. As an adult, James Smith alluded to other white ancestry through his mother’s family, saying he had kin in the South, some of whom were slaveholders and others slaves.

Smith attended the African Free School (AFS) #2 on Mulberry Street in Manhattan, where he was described as an “exceptionally bright student”. He was among numerous boys who went on to have brilliant careers, some of whom he worked with in the abolitionist cause. In the course of his studies, Smith was tutored by Rev. Peter Williams, Jr., a graduate of the African Free School who had been ordained in 1826 as the second African-American priest in the Episcopal Church. {Williams had founded St. Philip’s African Church in New York City.} Upon graduation, Smith applied to Columbia University and Geneva Medical College in New York State, but was denied admission due to racial discrimination.

Williams encouraged Smith to attend the University of Glasgow in Scotland. He and abolitionist benefactors of the AFS provided Smith with money for his trip overseas and his education.  Through abolitionist connections, he was welcomed there by members of the London Agency Anti-Slavery Society. According to the historian Thomas M. Morgan, Smith enjoyed the relative racial tolerance in Scotland and England, which officially abolished slavery in 1833. New York had finally abolished all slavery in 1826. He studied and graduated at the top of his class. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in 1835, a master’s degree in 1836, and a medical degree in 1837. He also completed an internship in Paris.

After his return to New York and getting established, in the early 1840s Smith married Malvina Barnet (c.1825 – ), a free woman of color who was a graduate of the Rutger Female Institute.They had seven children and five survived to adulthood.

In 1850, the senior Smith’s household included four older women: Lavinia Smith, age 67 (his mother: b. c.1783 – d. bet.1860-1870), born in South Carolina and listed first as head of household; Sarah Williams, 57; Amelia Jones, 47; and Mary Hewlitt, 53, who were likely relatives or friends. By then Smith and his wife Malvina had three children: James, Henry and Amy. Each member of the household was classified as mulatto (or of mixed ancestry), and all but Lavinia Smith were born in New York. They lived in a mixed neighborhood in the Fifth Ward; in the census, nearly all other neighbors on the page were classified as white; many were immigrants from England, Ireland, and France.

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  • GreenLadyHere

    ECONOMIC REPORT> —Nov. 7, 2013, 8:31 a.m. EST
    U.S. jobless claims drop 9,000 to 336,000

    —- The number of new applications for unemployment benefits fell by 9,000 to 336,000 in the week ended Nov. 2, the Labor Department said Thursday. Economists surveyed by MarketWatch expected claims to fall to 335,000 on a seasonally adjusted basis. The average of new claims over the past month, a more reliable gauge than the volatile weekly number, declined by 9,250 to 348,250. Also, the government said continuing claims increased by 4,000 to a seasonally adjusted 2.87 million in the week ended Oct. 26. Continuing claims reflect the number of people already receiving benefits. Initial claims from two weeks ago, meanwhile, were revised up to 345,000 from an original reading of 340,000, based on more complete data collected at the state level. Processing problems in California reportedly have been cleared up and did not affect the claims report, but if so, the level of claims remains above end-of-summer levels, suggesting a slight deterioration in the U.S. labor market over the past few months.

    • Town

      Gee, I wonder WHY? #sequestration #shutdown

      • GreenLadyHere

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        • Alma98

          Good morning GLH! Have a great one (((HUGS))).

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  • AxelFoley

    Buenos dias, familia.

    • GreenLadyHere

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    • rikyrah

      Good Morning, Axel and everyone at POU!

    • crazycanuck

      Good Morning Axel, Hope everyone at POU have a great day

      • Alma98

        Morning cc!

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

      Mornin’ Axel and everybody!

      • Alma98

        Morning Sepia!

    • qosine

      Good Morning, AxelFoley and POU Fam!

      • Alma98

        Good morning qosine!

    • Alma98

      Morning Axel!

    • rigoletta

      Good morn…er Afternoon everybody.

      • Alma98

        Morning rigoletta!

  • rikyrah

    Will Public Education Die in Douglas County, Colorado?
    By dianerav
    November 2, 2013 //

    Investigative reporter Stephanie Simon of Politico reports on the most bizarre school board race in the nation: Douglas County, Colorado.

    There, a powerful coalition of rightwing extremists has gained control of the school board and is determined to turn education into a free market, where competition and choice replace public education. They want vouchers, charter schools, and differentiated pay for teachers.

    http://dianeravitch.net/2013/11/02/will-public-education-die-in-douglas-county-colorado/

    • conlakappa

      I was looking at the stats on the place http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_County,_Colorado. 93% white, 5% Hispanic, Should be interesting.

      • rikyrah

        and when they realized they’ve been fucked over…
        no better for them. nobody to blame but themselves.

      • Aquagranny911

        Also, Republican Ricos, Douglas county is one of the most affluent counties in CO. I think that median price range for houses is well over half a million which is a lot for Colorado except for some places like Vail & Aspen which are just cities. Most can probably afford to send their children anywhere they want for schools.

        Plus there is a spill over from El Paso County where the RW religious freaks hold a lot of power.

  • GreenLadyHere

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    — – ——-☺He used his training in medicine and statistics to refute common misconceptions about race, intelligence, medicine, and society in general.- —
    - ——– – -☺But, he was never admitted to the American Medical Association or local medical associations.[SAD!!]
    ———- — -☺He has been most well known for his leadership as an abolitionist; a member of the American Anti-Slavery Society, with Frederick Douglass- -

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    Obama hosts screening of ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.’

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    An aide says doctors ordered bed rest for Dinkins for the next 10 to 14 days.

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

      Mornin’ GLH!

      This is good news! Wishing Mr. Dinkins a speedy recovery.

      • GreenLadyHere

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  • rikyrah

    How black women save Democrats

    Progressive black women have often been essential for putting Democratic candidates over the top.

    http://on.msnbc.com/HKyPnp

  • Town

    Dear Dummies,

    I know it hurts to hear this, but even if Cuccinelli had won, ObamaCare would still be in effect. A vote for Cuccinelli was not a vote against ObamaCare. Cuccinelli tried it and lost. A Gov-elect Cuccinelli can’t stop a federal law.

    You’re welcome.

  • rikyrah

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

    Well, looks like Idris has gone public with his new baby momma.

    Hot off The Wire… Idris is taken! Elba makes romance with make-up artist Naiyana Garth official
    By Marc Andrews
    PUBLISHED: 04:56 EST, 7 November 2013 | UPDATED: 06:12 EST, 7 November 2013

    British actor and hunk Idris Elba is now officially dating hair and make-up artist Naiyana Garth.

    The 41-year-old actor was pictured getting cosy with Naiyana at this week’s Harper’s Bazaar Women of the Year awards at Claridge’s Hotel in London.

    And despite the pair only just going public, a source close to the star
    said the couple have actually been together for several months.

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2489909/Idris-Elba-makes-romance-make-artist-Naiyana-Garth-official.html#ixzz2jyCztiyC

    • Town

      Funny how they don’t mention her pregnancy not one time yet there is a big ol’ picture of her pregnant self in the article. LOL

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

        OK! LOL

    • pamelabrown53

      Sympathies to lamb for her “loss”!

      • Alma98

        LOL

      • crazycanuck

        shhh she doesn’t know yet, she’s still happy for now lol

      • AxelFoley

        LAWL

    • TyrenM

      Dear Lamh: Baby don’t cry. We got you!

  • Town

    LOL!!! The new meme from the Tea Party is that OBAMA & ‘em paid Sarvis to get in the race to hurt Cuccinelli.

    I actually think Sarvis hurt McAULIFFE more than he hurt Cuccinelli. I think those young voters would’ve voted for McAuliffe instead of Cuccinelli but they voted for Sarvis instead.

    Loser Tears taste so good first thing in the morning!

    • jziglar

      I agree. The libertarian supported some very liberal positions. He even supported Medicaid expansion based on what I heard. So It’s obvious that he took more votes from T Mac.

      • Town

        Do they really think mainstream Republicans would’ve voted for Sarvis & his black ass wife? Mainstream Republicans didn’t even vote for EW Jackson’s black ass and he was their guy. Come on, now.

    • AxelFoley

      I mix their tears with my cereal. Mmm, mmm good!

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

    I was catching up on last night’s Evening thread and saw Keith Boykin’s tweet about Macy’s opening up shop in Harlem and displacing businesses. I went to the link, but the website took the story down. However, I searched Gooogle and found this:

    Urban League moving to Harlem, businesses ousted
    Wednesday, November 06, 2013

    NEW YORK (WABC) — An organization whose mission is to help protect the rights of minorities is giving several minority businesses the boot.

    The Urban League is moving its national headquarters to a spot in Harlem.

    But the problem is that several longstanding businesses are getting kicked out in the process.

    Tounkara Massamakam started his African importing business two decades ago.

    “I don’t know what I’m going to do with my life, I just need help,” Massamakam said.

    A few years later, Ron Walton gambled on a Caribbean restaurant franchise.

    “When I came down here, people thought I was crazy coming to Harlem,” Walton said.

    And it’s been six years since Joseph Benbow took over his family’s fish restaurant.

    “You’re trying to build a future, you’re finding out your future is no longer there,” Benbow said.

    This time next year, none of them will be there. They’re among five
    mom and pop business owners getting the boot from the city. The city
    owns their building and plans a mixed use development including retail
    and apartments on this now booming stretch of 125th Street.

    MORE: http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=news/local/new_york&id=9316478

    • Miranda

      I would hope the Urban League would try and use their resources to assist these business owners with securing suitable locations since they are being forced to leave their current addresses. Afterall…its the Urban League, shutting down black businesses is NOT the goal – or dont they know that?

  • GreenLadyHere

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    Super Soaker Creator Awarded $72.9M In Hasbro Settlement

    —– – -Lonnie Johnson (pictured above), the founder of Johnson Research and Development Co. and founder of the Super Soaker, has been awarded a nearly $73 million settlement from Hasbro Inc. for unpaid royalties, reports the AJC.com.

    Johnson Research and Development Co. and founder Lonnie
    Johnson have been in a royalty dispute with Hasbro since February, when the company filed a claim against the giant toy company. According to King & Spalding, which along with the A. Leigh Baier P.C. law firm represented Johnson, Hasbro underpaid royalties for the Nerf line toys from 2007 to 2012.

    “In the arbitration we got everything we asked for,” said Atlanta attorney Leigh Baier. “The arbitrator ruled totally in Lonnie’s favor.” The attorney also said Johnson “is very pleased” with the outcome.
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    —- – -Johnson, a nuclear engineer, Tuskegee University Ph.D. and former NASA scientist, founded his company in 1989. Johnson holds more than 80 patents, with more than 20 pending, the company said, which said sales of the Super Soaker have approached nearly $1 billion.
    THERE IS MORE —- —GR8 NEWS. :>)

  • rikyrah

    A new populist direction for the Democratic Party?
    By Ryan Cooper
    November 6 at 2:46 pm

    It’s being overshadowed by the massive public rift among Republicans right now, but there is a debate underway inside the Democratic Party over how economically populist the party should be. Bill de Blasio’s big victory yesterday in New York, on a progressive economic platform, and the momentum among populist Democrats that is growing behind an expansion of Social Security, are signs of this broader trend.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/11/06/a-new-populist-direction-for-the-democratic-party/

    • jds09

      It’s OFA vs. DLC. My money is on OFA with a knock out in the 3rd.

      • conlakappa

        I’m with you. OFA is being very methodical in its approach. The party just keeps whining about giving it money. They have to bring in hearts and minds too.

  • rikyrah

    Ignore the spin war about Obamacare. It’s irrelevant. Rinse, repeat.
    By Jonathan Bernstein
    November 6 at 4:30 pm

    So you thought Republicans had finally given up on “repeal and replace” as their slogan about the Affordable Care Act? It seemed to be dead and buried more than a year ago. But this is one that just can’t stay buried. In a new op ed piece, Paul Ryan claims that, yes, Republicans still intend to use the “republican remedy” of winning elections so that they can, yes, “repeal and replace Obamacare.” It’s back!

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/11/06/ignore-the-spin-war-about-obamacare-its-irrelevant-rinse-repeat/

    • conlakappa

      It never left. Was Jonathan taking a nap during the shutdown?

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥- – – -NOT supportin’ —JUST —GLOATIN’. . – — LOL
    – —-http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aopdD9Cu-So LOL

    – — — Maddow: Instead of Apologizing, Rand Paul Is ‘Melting Down’ Over Plagiarism Scandal- -
    — – -It appears Rachel Maddow is not going to let up on Rand Paul any time soon. After first breaking the news of his plagiarism off Wikipedia, Maddow has kept on hammering Paul almost every night
    about his inability to own up for what he did, and on Wednesday night
    Maddow realized the reason Paul’s been reacting so poorly is because he is just incapable of handling any criticism well.

    Paul’s most recent comments came in National Review,
    when he said “it annoys the hell out of me” and took a swipe at Maddow and the other journalists going after him by saying “if I were their journalism teacher in college, I would fail them.” Maddow concluded that rather than just accepting he was wrong and moving on, Paul is “melting down over this issue.”

    And he’s doing so to the point where he’s “threatening to quit and
    leave politics altogether” if people keep annoying him about it. Maddow said, “He can’t handle criticism of things he has done wrong,” and argued this is a good thing to know now if he’s planning on running in 2016.

    THERE IS MORE — -
    Watch the video below, via MSNBC:

    - – -He’s a CHEATIN’ LIAR —annnd NOT FIT 4 PUBLIC SERVICE!!!

    • rikyrah

      he is so thin-skinned. he steals from others and whines that he’s the victim

    • crazycanuck

      I thought she loved the guy

    • TyrenM

      Speaking of Scandal, you know what today is right? Skip the camel, it’s Scandal Thursday! Ms. Kerry Baby! (and baby)

  • rikyrah

    Washington Post: Debt Collectors Face New Rules Under Proposal From Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
    By Danielle Douglas, E-mail the writer

    The government is preparing restrictions on debt collectors, a loosely regulated industry under increasing scrutiny over complaints of abusive tactics. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is slated to issue a notice of proposed rulemaking to modernize the legal framework governing debt collection.

    The government watchdog is seeking public and business comment before formally proposing the rules, which are expected to be finalized by next year. The bureau is asking Americans whether creditors and collection agencies are providing accurate information about their outstanding debts. It also wants to know whether people are receiving threatening calls at all hours of the night or being dragged into court for money they do not owe.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/cfpb-proposes-new-rule-to-govern-debt-collectors/2013/11/05/ef920b86-462a-11e3-bf0c-cebf37c6f484_story.html#

  • Town

    LOL! Now the Tea Party is claiming massive BLACK voter fraud in Virginia b/c it’s implausible black people would show up to vote for a white man like they did for Obama.!

    #LoserTearsTasteSoGood

    • rigoletta

      Drink those tears up Town!

      • conlakappa

        Counteracting with something sweet though. They’re probably pretty bitter!

    • rikyrah

      really Town?
      got a link?

  • lamh36

    welp. I’m sitting at the terminal in NOLA. my flight to DFW leaves at 10:05. boarding begins at 9:35. I upgraded to 1st class. shoot it’s my birthday trip…why not splurge!

    I’m traveling lite. my coach purse. a carry on and bare minimum clothes. I missed the shopping in DFW so I plan to shop til I drop…lol.

    • jds09

      Have lots of fun lamh!

    • rikyrah

      travel safe, lamh.
      have fun

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

      Have a fun and safe trip, Lamh!

    • qosine

      Have fun in DFW, lamh!

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ – – -TWEETIN’ – –TRUTH :>)

    - – –☺ ‏@WSJ
    Breaking: U.S. economy grew at rate of 2.8% in third quarter. http://wsj.com
    Retweeted by Keith Boykin [***waves @ MR. PRESIDENT♥*** :>)]

    — –☺ ‏@keithboykin
    Federal government expenditures decreased 1.7% in the third quarter this year. http://www.bea.gov/newsreleases/national/gdp/gdpnewsrelease.htm … – —[Woo! Hoo! ---**waves AGAIN♥**]

    – — ☺@keithboykin
    “If Chris Christie is the GOP nominee in 2016 it will guarantee that the Republican Party will lose.” – Tea Party http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/nov/6/tea-party-bitter-with-gop-establishment-over-gover/
    View summary

    http://awesomelyluvvie.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11 /tumblr_md42dow0sv1r5x5zu.gif LOL

    —☺@keithboykin
    Jimmy Carter’s grandson, Jason Carter, running for governor of Georgia. http://www.ajc.com/news/news/jason-carter-to-challenge-gov-deal-next-year/nbkQ8/

    — – -☺@keithboykin
    New TIME magazine cover depicts Chris Christie as the “elephant in the room.” pic.twitter.com/fV0W1VcwRX
    — —-LOL — –COLD!! — :>)
    MORE L8R

  • Miranda

    Georgia may have a shot! Its gonna be hard, a real uphill climb, but we truly got a shot now!
    ————————————
    Jason Carter to challenge Gov. Deal next year
    By Greg Bluestein
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

    Democratic state Sen. Jason Carter will challenge Gov. Nathan Deal next year in a move that catapults the gubernatorial contest into the national spotlight and tests whether Georgia’s changing demographics can loosen the Republican Party’s 12-year grip on the state’s highest office.

    Carter’s decision, which he announced Wednesday in an exclusive interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, is another step along the trail forged by his famous grandfather Jimmy Carter, who was elected to the state Senate and then the Governor’s Mansion before winning the presidency.

    more here: http://www.ajc.com/news/news/jason-carter-to-challenge-gov-deal-next-year/nbkQ8/

    • itgurl_29

      I’d really love Kasim Reed to be governor one day.

      • qosine

        Yes!!

  • rigoletta

    I’m getting a chuckle at all the folks who just can’t wrap their minds around political power not residing in the hands of white folks.

    The world is ending for these fools.

    • itgurl_29

      Oh, I know. They are gagging right now. Like, they really cannot take it.

    • Kennymack1971

      Yep. It’s killing the 2520s that they’re increasingly becoming a non MF’n factor. Hence the reason they’re running around saying and doing all kinds of dumb shit.

  • Miranda

    Will somebody tell the GOP establishment that they’re no longer in charge? You can’t limit somebody else’s clout when you don’t have any of your own.
    ———————————-
    G.O.P. Weighs Limiting Clout of Right Wing

    The loss by Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II in the Virginia governor’s race on Tuesday has intensified a debate among Republicans.

    By JEREMY W. PETERS and JONATHAN MARTIN

    Leaders of the Republican establishment, alarmed by the emergence of far-right and often unpredictable Tea Party candidates, are pushing their party to rethink how it chooses nominees and advocating changes they say would result in the selection of less extreme contenders.

    The push comes as the nationalRepublican Party is grappling with vexing divisions over its identity and image, and mainstream leaders complain that more ideologically-driven conservatives are damaging the party with tactics like the government shutdown.

    The debate intensified on Wednesday after Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II, the deeply conservative Republican candidate for governor of Virginia, lost a close race in which Democrats highlighted his opposition to abortion in almost all circumstances, his views on contraception and comments in which he seemed to liken immigration policy to pest control.

    more here: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/07/us/politics/gop-weighs-limiting-clout-of-right-wing.html?pagewanted=1&_r=2&hp&

    • jziglar

      It’s too late now. They should have done something 2 or 3 decades ago. The party is filled with right wing whack jobs and at this point there is little they can do to change that.

  • rikyrah

    Keith Boykin: Despite What Conservatives Try To Argue, Black People Do Vote For White Candidates

    Although no Democrat has run New York City since Dinkins, New Yorkers on Tuesday chose a progressive white Democrat, Bill de Blasio, who was swept into office with enormous Black support, an accomplished African-American wife and a highly publicized interracial family, all of which served as a rebuke to the racial polarization of the Rudy Giuliani regime and the racist stop-and-frisk policies of the Michael Bloomberg era.

    On the same day de Blasio was elected, voters also chose Letitia James to succeed him as the city’s public advocate, making her the first Black woman in New York history to hold citywide office. The real story was about the influence of Black women, who voted 91 percent for McAuliffe while only 38 percent of white women did so, according to a New York Times exit poll.

    http://www.bet.com/news/national/2013/11/06/commentary-election-night-s-winners-and-losers.html

    • itgurl_29

      Why is this even a thing?!!! When have black people ever not voted for white folks?! This shit is ridiculous.

      WHITE PEOPLE are the ones who won’t vote for non-whites!!

      • conlakappa

        They have to re-explain/twist themselves out of the knot that Candidate Obama largely got black votes because he’s black. It also gives them room to ignore us if they frame it as we’re just coming to the Ds, so the Ds don’t really need to go to us. No, it’s not logical.

        I have pulled out the stat on the TMac voters to share with my Virginia white woman colleague. She was pissed when I told her the earlier numbers/about the lying from the white wimmins on what they did.

        • rikyrah

          yep…cause Black folk never voted before 2008…don’t ya know…
          I’m with itgurl, it’s ridiculous, but you have nailed the explanation…

        • gn

          It also gives them room to ignore us if they frame it as we’re just coming to the Ds, so the Ds don’t really need to go to us.

          That’s all it is, and it works like a charm. It’s a moral justification for politicians to do little to nothing for black constituents. If white unemployment were 12.9%, all hell would break loose. Black people are simply supposed to get over it, “fix yourselves,” and applaud majority white groups shrouding themselves in appropriated civil rights legacy. This has really got to change; I don’t think that I’ve ever felt this worried for black people in my life.

      • Miranda

        You didn’t know? We only vote for black people. When we see non-black people on the ballot, we just skip over the name.

        • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

          I remember being on a certain blog in 2008 trying to point this out. It didn’t work. Mentioning that Howard Dean and John Kerry crushed Al Sharptopn and Moseley Braun back in ’04 within our community never got through.

          • TyrenM

            Ah. That’s why I hardly (if ever) see Dean on Politics Nation.

      • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

        The Washington Post when on and on about Duggan being the 1st White mayor of Detroit in 40 years. No mention of other cities in Michigan or anywhere else in the US that have never actually elected a POC as as mayor.

    • jds09

      They cannot let themselves believe that historically we have voted in our own interests because that means we would have the ability to….think. White supremacist thought cannot hold that truth and still maintain itself, both liberal and conservative varieties.

    • gn

      Pure projection and another example of the Big Lie. One of the groups least likely to vote based on the race of the candidate are black voters. Voters most likely to do so are white voters on the far right. This is documented fact. So what have we heard for five years? “Black people only voted for xyz because of skin color.” And as per usual, this was amplified by emos so that both the far right and left were repeating this tired, false canard. I’m in such a bad mood, wow. My comments are on the nasty side today, pardon me all.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ — -”MAN on da RUN” [2 FELLOW RACISTS]–LOL –http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PnhlXLHKAE

    – - -Rand Paul Moves Column to Breitbart Following Plagiarism Accusations- -

    – - —Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) has moved his weekly column from the Washington Examiner to Breitbart, after the Examiner ended his column following an accusation of plagiarism in last week’s piece.

    “Paul is pleased to partner with Breitbart News and looks forward to the new, wider audience for his columns,” Paul aide Doug Stafford told Breitbart, according to their announcement Thursday morning.

    - BWAHAHA —>“We are pleased to add Senator Paul to our lineup of fearless, original thought leaders,” Breitbart News CEO Larry Solov said. “Most of all, we think the fighting spirit he has become known for is a perfect fit for Breitbart News Network and reflects that of our founder, Andrew Breitbart.”
    THERE IS MORE- —

    - – - – -”FLIES of the SAME GARBAGE!!” –>http://images.clipartof.com/Cartoon-Of-A-Fly-Infested-Overflowing-Trash-Can-Royalty-Free-Vector-Clipart-10241200302.jpg HAH!

    • TyrenM

      “Fearless, original thought leader.” Yeah, OK!

      • conlakappa

        His bong does talk to him though, right? Aqua Buddha!

        • TyrenM

          Ha ha. Never learned to swim. Can’t catch the rhythm or the stroke. Why should I hold my breah? Feeling like I might choke…

          • AxelFoley

            HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

      • GreenLadyHere

        GOOD MORNTIN’ TyrenM :>) ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        LOL – - -***BIG fist bump***- – -I KNOW-HUH!?- – -geesh!! — – - DEY DESERVE –each other!!- -

        - – - – - -STOOPIDS- -2-gether!! — http://www.sherv.net/cm/emoticons/swearing/stupid.gif

        Good 2 C U TyrenM. :>)

    • qosine

      Falling down into the right wing abyss, where
      no one but your own kind can hear you.

  • Miranda

    1.3 million in Tennessee region eligible for Obamacare subsidies

    NASHVILLE — Some 387,000 Tennesseans, 654,000 Georgians and 270,000 Alabamians now uninsured or purchasing health insurance on their own will be eligible for subsidies to help pay for coverage next year under the federal health law, according to a new analysis.

    Kaiser Family Foundation projections show that 645,000 Tennesseans are eligible to buy plans on the federally-run insurance exchange that opened Oct. 1 as part of the Affordable Care Act.

    more here: http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2013/nov/06/13-million-eligible-for-obamacare-subsidies/

    • qosine

      Yes!! Tennesseans, you can thank President Obama!

    • Aquagranny911

      I’m really pleased to see how Kaiser Family Foundation is working to support Obamacare. We had Kaiser Permanente for our HMO when we lived in Colorado & they were great. The only gripe I ever had with them was we had to fill our prescriptions at the on site pharmacy if we wanted just the $3.00 co-pay. There was always a long wait for that service.

  • Miranda

    talk about an obvious pander to the tea party right wing nuts…this is it
    ———————————-

    Lindsey Graham ‏@LindseyGrahamSC1h
    Will be introducing the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act in the United States Senate today.

    • rigoletta

      Funny seeing as they don’t give a damn about Pain-Capable Adults.

    • Alma98

      What the hell kind of name is that?

      • rigoletta

        The kind when you are introducing another useless bit of legislation for dog-whistle purposes instead of doing the people’s business.

      • TyrenM

        P Cup Act. Nevermind. I can’t call it.

        • Alma98

          Morning Tyren!

          • TyrenM

            Good morning Miss Sunshine!

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      Shoring up the base again. Must be an election coming up.

      • conlakappa

        He’s got a few years to go but they’ll be coming for him, guns a-blazing. Remember that it was his own party talking about his presumed gayness. I don’t think Pain-Capable Unborn isn’t the first step in the butchening process but what do I know!

    • jds09

      Wouldn’t that be a condom?

      • Miranda

        at the very least its one of those baby aspirin females can hold between the knees.

  • Alma98

    Good morning!

    • rikyrah

      Good Morning, Alma :)
      It’s Thursday..yeah

      • Alma98

        Good morning rikyrah!

    • GreenLadyHere

      - –GOOD MornTin’ Alma98. ***BIG HUG*** :>)—U! –DID! — IT!–:>) It’s “sunny” here. :>)- -
      - – Sooo – - – -that UNIQUE LOVELY – -is my -LUCKY SUN! Woo! Hoo! —

      -Thank U 4 our –DAILY JOY!–:>)

      BLESSINGS 2 U♥/DAUGHTER♥/Family♥ :>) –HAPPY 4 her PROGRESS. :>)- – - -

      • Alma98

        Morning! Glad I could be of service GLH lol.
        Blessing to you and your family too. (((HUGS)))

        • GreenLadyHere

          ***smilin’ @ U*** :>)

    • qosine

      Good Morning, Alma!

      • Alma98

        Hey!

    • Aquagranny911

      Great sun today, Alma! I’m smiling.

      • Alma98

        Glad you like AG!

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥- – – -MISSED this yesterday:—RE- – -CHARGES- -

    – –Police Seek Charges in Shooting of 19-Year-Old Detroit Woman

    - – — -Police in Dearborn Heights, Michigan, have sent a request to Wayne County prosecutors for charges to be filed against a man who fatally shot a 19-year-old Detroit woman early Saturday morning.
    THERE IS MORE

    – – - – -WATCHIN’. . . . .4 JUSTICE 2 B SERVED. -

    - —http://www.glitters20.com/funny/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Sympathy-Glitters-53.jpg AMEN.

  • Miranda

    Denial-of-service tool targeting Healthcare.gov site discovered

    Hacktivist software designed to put a strain on struggling Obamacare website.
    by Dan Goodin – Nov 7 2013, 10:54am EST

    Researchers have uncovered software available on the Internet designed to overload the struggling Healthcare.gov website with more traffic than it can handle.

    “ObamaCare is an affront to the Constitutional rights of the people,” a screenshot from the tool, which was acquired by researchers at Arbor Networks, declares. “We HAVE the right to CIVIL disobedience!”

    In a blog post published Thursday, Arbor researcher Marc Eisenbarth said there’s no evidence Healthcare.gov has withstood any significant denial-of-service attacks since going live last month. He also said the limited request rate, the lack of significant distribution, and other features of the tool’s underlying code made it unlikely that it could play a significant role in taking down the site. The tool is designed to put a strain on the site by repeatedly alternating requests to the https://www.healthcare.gov and https:www.healthcare.gov/contact-us addresses. If enough requests are made over a short period of time, it can overload some of the “layer 7″ applications that the site relies on to make timely responses.

    more here: http://arstechnica.com/security/2013/11/new-denial-of-service-attack-aimed-directly-at-healthcare-gov/

    • jds09

      Koch brothers paid for this mess.

      • Aquagranny911

        Kock brothers better start worrying because as people here have said more than once: “God don’t like ugly!”

    • Alma98

      I knew it!

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

      Pure evil.

    • qosine

      The cruelty and selfishness of these two billionaires
      and all their sycophants, grifters, and voters who
      put their lackeys in office.

    • Aquagranny911

      I knew these goatfiggers were trying to gum up the works! Hateful people showing their ugly butts big time & the media is supporting them. Karma come do your thing!!!

  • conlakappa

    Awesome share via SEIU: http://action.seiu.org/page/content/omar

    I went from sitting on my couch, to signing up for healthcare, to standing with the President at the White House.

    But, I’m not your typical ‘Obamacare’ activist.

    Diabetes runs in my family, and I need dental care, but health insurance was the farthest thought from my mind. Now that I’ve signed up, that’s changed, and I want to share my success with others.

    The day I was approached about getting covered, I was watching baseball with my brother, and wasn’t interested in being interrupted. But when I was asked, “What’s more important – the Dodgers or your health?” I knew it was time to take my own health more seriously.

    Things moved fast after that. I couldn’t believe how smoothly the process went at the sign-up fair. It was easy, it was fast, and suddenly both my two brothers and I have health insurance.

    After signing up for healthcare, I was invited to the White House to stand with President Obama in support of the Affordable Care Act. The new health law is working for millions of Americans and I’m proud to be one of them.

    On the plane ride to Washington D.C., I told my story to the woman in the next seat – a small business owner. Now she wants to sign up for health insurance, too!

    That’s really what this is all about. Suddenly, overnight, affordable healthcare is available to millions of Americans. We just have to spread the word.

    Start now by sharing my story, so others benefit from this protection as well.

    In solidarity, Omar Valdez, along with my brothers Johnny and Alejandro

    PS: Need affordable healthcare yourself? Call 1-800-318-2596 or find a local navigator at https://localhelp.healthcare.gov/

  • Town

    Apparently Cuccinelli wasn’t conservative ENOUGH:

    http://www.thenation.com/blog/177022/right-thinks-anti-gay-anti-choice-cuccinelli-wasnt-conservative-enough#

    (psst maybe he shouldn’t have had those 2 ads with black people vouching for him in it)

    • AxelFoley

      Didn’t we call that?

  • Rhoda

    Hello, POU.

    I just have one thought today. I was watching Morning Joe and the segment with Dee Dee Meyers (Clinton’s Press Secretary) and they were talking about the divide in the Republican party and she made the point that this was normal for a party out of power and it took a strong leader to unify a divided party: Regan, Clinton, maybe Christie would be that kind of guy.

    Okay.

    George W. Bush won two elections in America and then Barack Obama came in and won a contested Democratic Primary with (what was it eleven people???!!!!) real, true blue democrats who were successful politicians and one of whom was Hillary Rodham Clinton and he WON. There has NEVER been an election like ’08; the closest comparison was Kennedy in ’60.

    And still, they don’t respect the 2008 campaign.

    They don’t respect him for the re-election campaign he ran in 2012.

    They REFUSE to accept his competence and scandal free administration.

    They REFUSE to acknowledge that Barack Obama remade the Democratic Party.

    And they REFUSE to see the Bubba vote don’t mean shit anymore; we don’t need the white man to win. We need a coalition of progressive people who want to MOVE forward, who may have different opinions but are of like mind on the main issue: we are our brother’s keeper. That message, that is what won in 2008, in 2012, and why McAullife won in VA.

    Ms. Dee Dee said she knew Terry wasn’t as up in the polls as he thought when he had Bill Clinton come BACK and campaign. Well Ms. Dee Dee, it was BARACK OBAMA’s coalition which he ACTIVATED in his own campaign for McAulliffe that helped energize voters.

    Honestly, I was tired after work and was thinking of just going home and the fact that the President came to VA popped in my head and that’s why I voted. I’m an educated person. I can see why Terry was in my best interests. But I was really tired; I only went to the polls because I remembered Barack Obama and thought, shit , this is probably important and what if everyone acts like I feel. I generally vote, but I was tired. And it wasn’t Bill Clinton that got me to my polling place.

    I am really interested in how 2016 plays out. Everyone is poo pooing the idea that anyone but Hillary will win or even run. Bull, Gov. Martin O’Malley for one has said he is in either way and I know Como is thinking it over and Joe might run (through honestly, with his kids health scares and his family I think he may not run) but the fact is someone is going to go after Hillary.

    And one thing is simply clear, the Clintons have a lot of baggage.

    And they may have a hold on some voters; but I’m not one of them and I don’t think I’m alone. There are a lot of Obama-Democrats and it’ll be interesting to see how this fight plays out. And whether President Obama ever gets the respect he deserves. Because HE is the one that is going to heal the party after this nomination fight at the convention IMO.

    This is a story not being told; but is as big a rift as the moderates v. the tea party IMO.

    • Alma98

      Morning Rhoda!
      Let them keep spinning their crap and living in the white bubble they’ll find out soon enough.

    • Town

      Tell Dee Dee to have a seat and stop drinking.

    • AxelFoley

      Chuuuurch

    • Town

      I actually don’t think Hillary will face too much opposition. The only real threat is Joe Biden. Everyone else will be running just to get name exposure for the future.

      I think black voters will be ignored & insulted and accused of only supporting Obama cuz he’s black when they push back on the shunning & ignorance.

      The same black leaders who demanded accountability from 2008—- will be nowhere to be seen or heard, unless it’s to pimp Hillary.

      Hillary will run and lose and black people will be blamed for why she lost. Count on it.

      • jziglar

        I don’t think she will lose if she is the nominee. The republican field is a joke and it won’t take that much skill to beat them. I know president Obama will do everything he can to make sure a democrat follows him.

        • gn

          I think she’ll win too because of the GOP’s dysfunction. What’s worrisome is that it seems that Dems have decided that due to that dysfunction, black voters have absolutely nowhere to go and thus little to nothing needs to be done on race (people can delude themselves, but this is one of the biggest problems in the country and one of the biggest impediments to progress). I see that continuing until the GOP gets its act together or there is some sort of real and viable alternative to Democrats.

          • jziglar

            I agree. And I think we need alternatives.

          • gn

            ICAM. We need a sane, non-war mongering conservative party which is not just a repository for haters and profiteers.

      • sagittarius

        Hi, Town!

        If Hillary decides to run (and personally, I don’t think she will; I think she’s getting her grift on), I don’t think she makes it out of the primaries. Gov. O’Malley already said he’s in and to me, the race is VP Joe’s if he decides to go.

        Hillary won’t even be the only woman in the field. Watch Elizabeth Warren – she’s already making moves and keeping a national profile.

        Whether the shrieking zombie Hill bots want to admit it or not, her time has passed. The VA election analysis of voters proves this.

        • itgurl_29

          Yup. Her whole schtick once she started getting her behind beat by the young senator was “Well, I bring the white working class and you can’t become President without winning the white working class!!”

          Oh, yes you can, Hillary. Barack Obama proved that. And now other Dems are following his lead because PBO has shown them who the REAL base is. And it ain’t the white working class.

          • rigoletta

            I might lay down a bet against her winning the nomination. I might make good money.

          • Aquagranny911

            I will lay one with you!

          • TyrenM

            I got 5 on it.

      • annvic

        I guess I’m odd man out in this thread because I really don’t believe that Hillary has a viable chance of winning the primary.

        1. As was posted here some days ago, her favorable ratings have dropped back down to their pre-Secretary of State numbers.

        2. She is overplaying her hand like crazy: she is out here in 2013 trying to set herself up as a nomininee by undercutting both the Vice-President (who helped rehabilitate Hillary’s image after 2007 by praising her capabilities and calling her a close friend) and the sitting President (who generously gave her the SOS job after her Missy Ann shenanigans). Coming off of 3 years of intense GOP obstruction culminating in a Government shut downk that cost this country money and jobs, Hill’s cuthroat loyalty-be-damned strategy will not sit well with an exhausted nation.

        3. Hill and Bill are no longer Democratic royalty. The DLC is dead, the Blue Dogs cultivated by the Clinton’s were largely taken out in the 2010 election, and their political machine (chiefly the 50+1 strategy) have largely been transitioned out of power by Obama and the OFA. They do not have the power in the party that they once did and Hillary is essentially running an outsiders campaign for the nomination. Will the Democratic party higher-ups (including those who worked behind the scenes in 2007 to keep her from getting the nomination) really undercut a sitting Vice President to embrace a seriously, seriously flawed candidate who couldn’t even win when she had everything in her corner? Especially when her only strategy is the same-old divide and conquer that if utilized would destroy the Democrat’s hard won unity that led them to solid electoral victories?

        • itgurl_29

          You’re not the odd man out. Because I’m totally with you. Her day has come and gone. It’s been gone since 2008. No one wanted her then and were happy as hell to vote for Obama. For 2016, it won’t even take a once in a lifetime politician for Obama to beat her. I think as long as the alternative Democrat is competent and likable, Hillary’s doomed. Nobody is checking for her like that.

          • annvic

            Amen. America had grown beyond the Clintons. If the thought of a vanity war between the GOP and the Clinton’s turned voters away in 2007, wouldn’t their stomachs’ be turned even harder in 2016 after 8 years of GOP bullshit? We’ve been fighting real damn battles with real damn losses and real damn gains; ain’t nobody got some to rehash that ’90s shit!

          • Aquagranny911

            I so hear you! Sis & I discussed this way back in 2007 when we started working for PBO. We DID NOT WANT the Hillbillygoat at all! We would have held our noses & voted for her if she got the nomination but we were firm Obama supporters from the get go. We had our eyes on him from 2004 Dem convention!

          • itgurl_29

            Remember when Hillary said Latinos would not vote for Obama. It’s like, she didn’t even realize how insulting that was. Stupid.

          • Aquagranny911

            I know! You know the only thing that gave Sis & I some pause was that we feared for his life if he would actually win the nomination & then the Presidency.

            Sis said to me more than once: “You know the haters will be after this man. If we keep working for him we are going to have to pray for his safety & that of his family every day.”

            Five years ago, this Tuesday night, after we laughed, cried & celebrated we got on our knees & prayed like we did as kiddos for his safety & well being. We asked Dios & all the Santos to protect him & keep him safe.

            My familia who still practice, light candles for PBO every time they go to Mass.

        • Aquagranny911

          I’m with you here all the way on this! Clintons are way over playing a losing hand. They are totally self absorbed & showing the white ass of entitlement, imo. It isn’t pretty!

          • annvic

            Lol, no lies told Aqua! The gall of the Clintons with this move is really stunning.

    • jziglar

      Actually she is wrong. Even when the opposite party was out of power we never saw this much disfunction and lack of unity. The last time a party was in disarray like this was during the late 60′s with the democratic party and the break up of the New Deal coalition. The democrats were divided during the 70′s and 80′s when they were getting stomped in presidential elections. What we are seeing here is a party with a shrinking base that has pushed away moderates and progressive minded people, and minorities. And they have doubled down despite the fact that they keep losing national elections.

    • qosine

      Dee Dee Meyer’s no Jay Carney. She’s like George S
      and Dick Morris IMHO. Trying to get some face time
      and back in the game.

  • Miranda

    Damn Toronto! We got some crazies, but wow..y’all giving our worst a run for their money!
    ———————————–

    “I need f—in 10 minutes to make sure he’s dead’: New Rob Ford video surfaces
    BY JOE WARMINGTON ,TORONTO SUN
    FIRST POSTED: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 07, 2013 11:44 AM EST

    A new video has surfaced showing Mayor Rob Ford acting wildly and belligerent and using threatening words including “kill” and “murder” with reference to an unidentified person.

    The video was this week being shopped around by someone looking to make thousands of dollars. The Toronto Sun discussed the video with the vendor but did not purchase it or enter into negotiations.

    The anonymous person sent the Toronto Sun two short clips from the video which appear to show the mayor impaired and in an apparent rage and in an inebriated state.

    “I need f—ing 10 minutes to make sure he’s dead,” Ford is heard saying on the clip sent to the Sun.

    more here: http://www.torontosun.com/2013/11/07/i-need-f—in-10-minutes-to-make-sure-hes-dead-new-rob-ford-video-surfaces

    • AxelFoley

      cc, can you explain this?

      *runs away*

      • Alma98

        hahahahaha!

    • Kennymack1971

      In the words of Black Rob…WHOA!

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

      Tha fizzle???

    • rigoletta

      Good lord CC. You got the fat pasty version of Tony Montana running your city.

    • qosine

      CC, what’s the word in Toronto re: Rob Ford?

      • crazycanuck

        I don’t know one person who likes this guy. He’s a nutcase. I can’t explain it qosine, maybe he’s like Christie

    • itgurl_29

      I blame Drake for putting Toronto on the map. LOL

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

        Started from the crack pipe, now they here!

    • crazycanuck

      I’m going to let you all have your little fun, because I feel sorry for you all and all your wackazoids. You all need some levity.

      • Aquagranny911

        Don’t get too cocky. You do know that they multiply like fungus & spread out.

  • Miranda

    Protesters call for more black models on the catwalks of Rio
    Published on Nov 7, 2013

    Dozens demonstrate to call for more black models on the catwalks of Rio Fashion Week.

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

    Taxpayers almost whole on Fannie, Freddie bailout

    November 7, 2013, 11:59 AM

    Taxpayers are almost whole on the relief funds provided to once-flailing mortgage buyers Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, according to regulatory documents filed Thursday morning.

    By the end of this year, Fannie will have sent a cumulative total of $113.9 billion in dividend payments to the U.S. Treasury Department. That figure covers payments made since 2008, and represents about 98% of $116.1 billion requested between 2008 and 2011 to shore up Fannie’s finances.

    Elsewhere, sister firm Freddie Mac said it will have a sent a cumulative total of $71.3 billion to Treasury by the end of this year, very slightly exceeding its draws.In total, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch calculations, the two firms are just $2 billion short of repaying what they drew down from the government.

    MORE: http://blogs.marketwatch.com/capitolreport/2013/11/07/taxpayers-almost-whole-on-fannie-freddie-bailout/

    • qosine

      That’s how it works when you have
      a stellar Negotiator in Chief!

  • jds09

    Hey Tyrene, won’t 385,000 people fit into the Mall of America?

    “For the week of Oct. 28 to Nov. 1, the Time Warner-owned network
    averaged 385,000 viewers – lowest since Aug. 2012 – and 95,000 coveted adults between the ages of 25 and 54. Both metrics trailed the figures put up by its primary competitors – Fox News and MSNBC.”

    We are a nation of 350 million people, nobody is watching this shit.

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2013/11/05/cnn-ratings/3446113/

    • gn

      Glad to see their lurch to the right backfiring so badly. Them hiring Mark O’Mara was just about the lowest thing I’ve seen in some time.

    • Daltex82

      The free-fall continues how lovely! May they hit every protruding object on their way down.

    • Kennymack1971

      You chased the Fox demographic and got what you deserved CNN. I hope you love it.

    • itgurl_29

      Nobody’s watching it. That why I’m always bitching on twitter for people to just turn it off. The only ones watching CNN and MSNBC are us! Everyday non-political folks have no freakin’ idea who Candy Crowley is.

    • qosine

      Hey, Cnn at least you got the Breitbart and Beck crowd

    • TyrenM

      Ha ha. Damn near. If not now, after the upgrade for sure.

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

    Don Lemon Protests, “I Am Not Supporting Stop-and-Frisk”

    CNN anchor Don Lemon, reviled on social media for a commentary headlined, “STOP and FRISK: Would You Rather Be Politically Correct or Safe and Alive?” told Journal-isms categorically Wednesday, “I am not supporting stop-and-frisk” and said his remarks are being “grossly misinterpreted.”

    …Lemon said by telephone Wednesday that the existence of the 2001
    lawsuit did not make him a hypocrite because “99 percent of what I wrote is against stop-and-frisk. It’s a shame that people are taking it that way.” In any case, he said he had noted the lawsuit on the air many times.

    As for his concluding line, “So the question is: would you rather be
    politically correct or safe and alive?” Lemon said, “I’m trying to make you think. What happens when people’s rights are violated? Are you going to decide based on political correctness?”

    He said his instructions from Joyner were to give listeners something to think about.

    MORE: http://maynardije.org/richardprince/don-lemon-protests-i-am-not-supporting-stop-and-frisk

    • Alma98

      Feeling the heat huh lemonhead lol.

    • qosine

      2001, Don Lemon, “Shopping while Black,” lawsuit
      for 50K. Was that your start up money onto CNN?

    • MsKitty

      He said his instructions from Joyner were to give listeners something to think about.

      I see you trying to throw Tom Joyner under the bus there.

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

        Yep. Tom needs to return the favor.

        • itgurl_29

          Tom is a poor judge of character. First Tavis, then Roland, and now this fool. Doe she think these negros are extra deep or “special” just because they take positions contrary to the majority of African Americans? I don’t know why he keeps giving fools like this a platform. Challenging us on stop and frisk? What, we’re supposed to take the other side into consideration while our loved ones are profiled and treated like criminals? Give me a break. His audience does not want to hear that mess and Tom needs to wake up.

          • qosine

            Contrarians drive me crazy; they just end up sounding like superficial cranks.

    • Kennymack1971

      Negro Please.

      • MsKitty

        I couldn’t resist…

    • GreenLadyHere
    • TyrenM

      Continuing George theme “dance sucka dance.”

      Itgurl, your turn.

    • rikyrah

      People LIT HIS ASS UP!!

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

    So much for Black people being raging homophobes…

    Minority Legislators Prove Key To Illinois Marriage Equality Victory
    By Josh Israel on November 7, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    Following its playbook from other states, the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) attempted to block marriage equality in Illinois through racial division. But while some advocates of equality singled out the 20-member House Black Caucus for blame when the bill stalled in May, it was their votes made passage possible on Tuesday.

    Fourteen Black Caucus members voted for the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act, compared to just four who opposed (two effectively abstained by voting “present.”) The bill need 60 votes to pass and won 61 to 54 — making the Black Caucus votes a difference-maker. The members of the Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus also were nearly unanimous in supporting the bill. Black Caucus Chair Ken Dunkin (D), a co-sponsor of the bill, endorsed marriage equality as being “about equality and equal treatment under the law.”

    MORE: http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2013/11/07/2907201/illinois-marriage-minorities/

    • rigoletta

      But but but…all non-whites hate gays!!!

    • Alma98

      Will they get any credit or a thank you?

      • Daltex82

        I’ll take NO for $200 Alex.

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

        Nope. Huff Po and AmericaBlog owe these legislatures a big fat apology because, according to the article, they blamed them for the bill stalling in May.

        • gn

          I remember that; I actually got into an argument with Aravosis and a few other people over at AmericaBlog when that happened. The attitude is very “The Help”-ish. There will be no thanks coming whatsoever, simply a doubling down of the strategy of shaming black people and stealing our legacy for a come-up.

  • lamh36

    I’ve arrived in DFW. Can’t wait to see my friends.

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    http://m.necolebitchie.com/2013/11/07/idris-elba-is-off-the-market-and-may-be-expecting-a-baby/

    A Life Lived N Fear Is A Life Half-lived

  • sagittarius

    Hi, Fam!

    Up and at ‘em again today with more than 160 comments!

    Carry on… and have a wonderful day!

    • qosine

      Hey, Sagittarius! I know you applied for the job at BET.
      With programming like #blackgirlsrock, you could play
      a part in pulling together different types of art/artists!

      • sagittarius

        Hi, qosine!

        Although I believe the person who gets the job will be present to support the event, Black Girls Rock would not be in this person’s job description. This would be categorized as a broadcast event as opposed to a live event.

    • GreenLadyHere

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      • sagittarius

        Good morning, GLH!

        Thank you! Blessings to you!

    • Aquagranny911

      Hola Sag! I’m just catching up that you applied for a job at BET. I wish them great luck in hiring a person such as you!

      • sagittarius

        Hola, AG!

        Thanks so much for the compliment! We’ll see how it goes…

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!