September 25, 2017

Thursday Open Thread: Race Riots in America

GOOD MORNING P.O.U.!

THE ELAINE RACE RIOT

Philips County, Arkansas

Inflammatory headline in The Gazette (Arkansas), October 3, 1919 (Photo: Wikipedia)

The Elaine race riot, also called the Elaine massacre, began on September 30–October 1, 1919 at Hoop Spur in the vicinity of Elaine in rural Phillips County, Arkansas. With an estimated 100 to 237 blacks killed, along with five white men, it is considered the deadliest race riot in the state and one of the deadliest racial conflicts in all of United States history.[4]Due to the widespread white mob attacks, in 2015 the Equal Justice Institute classified the black deaths as lynchings in their report on lynchings in the United States.[5]

Located in the Arkansas Delta, the county had been developed for cotton plantations, worked by African-American slaves. In the early 20th century the population was still overwhelmingly black: African Americans outnumbered whites in the area around Elaine by a ten-to-one ratio, and by three-to-one in the county overall.[4] Descendants of slaves, most blacks worked as sharecroppers. White landowners controlled the economic power, selling cotton on their own schedule, running high-priced plantation stores where farmers had to buy seed and supplies, and failing to itemize their settlement of accounts with sharecroppers.[4]

The Progressive Farmers and Household Union of America had organized chapters in the Elaine area in 1918-19. On September 29, representatives met with about 100 black farmers at a church near Elaine to discuss how to obtain fairer settlements. Whites resisted union organizing and often spied on or disrupted such meetings. In a confrontation at the church, two whites were shot, one fatally. The sheriff called a posse and whites gathered to put down a rumored “black insurrection”.[4] Other whites entered Phillips County to join the action, making a mob of 500 to 1000 whites. They attacked blacks on sight across the county. The governor called in 500 federal troops, who arrested nearly 260 blacks and were accused of killing some. Over a three-day period, five white men were killed and an estimated 100-240 blacks, with some estimates of more than 800 blacks killed. The events have been subject to debate, especially the total of black deaths.[4]

The only men prosecuted for these events were 122 African Americans, with 73 charged with murder. Twelve were quickly convicted and sentenced to death by all-white juries for murder of the white deputy at the church. Others were convicted of lesser charges and sentenced to prison. During appeals, the death penalty cases were separated. Six convictions (known as the Ware defendants) were overturned at the state level for technical trial details. These six defendants were retried in 1920 and convicted again, but on appeal the state supreme court overturned the verdicts, based on violations of the Due Process Clause and the Civil Rights Act of 1875, due to exclusion of blacks from the juries. The lower courts failed to retry the men within the two years required by Arkansas law, and the defense gained their release in 1923.[6]

The six other death penalty cases (known as Moore et al.) ultimately reached the United States Supreme Court. The Court overturned the convictions in the Moore v. Dempsey (1923) ruling. Grounds were the failure of the trial court to provide due process under the Fourteenth Amendment, as the trials had been dominated by adverse publicity and the presence of armed white mobs threatening the jury. This was a critical precedent for the “Supreme Court’s strengthening of the requirements the Due Process Clause imposes on the conduct of state criminal trials.”[6]

The NAACP assisted the defendants in the appeals process, raising money to hire a defense team, which it helped direct. When the cases were remanded to the state court, the six ‘Moore’ defendants settled with the lower court on lesser charges and were sentenced to time already served. Governor Thomas Chipman McRae freed these six men in 1925 in the closing days of his administration. The NAACP helped them leave the state safely.[6]

Background

With Phillips County developed for cotton plantations in the antebellum era, its population was overwhelmingly black and descended from slaves: in Phillips County, African-Americans outnumbered whites by a ten-to-one ratio. In the Arkansas Delta around the time of the Great War, most black farmers were sharecroppers and illiterate, as were many poor whites.

The Democratic-dominated legislature had disenfranchised most blacks and many poor whites in the 1890s by creating barriers to voter registration. It excluded them from the political system via the more complicated Election Law of 1891 and a poll tax amendment passed in 1892. The white-dominated legislature enacted Jim Crow laws that established racial segregation and institutionalized Democratic efforts to impose white supremacy. The decades around the turn of the century were the period of the highest rate of lynchings across the South.

Sharecropping, the African Americans had been having trouble in getting settlements for the cotton they raised on land owned by whites. Both the Negroes and the white owners were to share the profits when the crop was sold for the year. Between the time of planting and selling, the sharecroppers took up food, clothing, and necessities at excessive prices from the plantation store owned by the planter.

— O.A. Rogers, Jr., President of the Arkansas Baptist College in Little Rock, Arkansas Historical Quarterly, Summer 1960 issue

The landowner sold the crop whenever and however he saw fit. At the time of settlement, landowners generally never gave an itemized statement to the black sharecroppers of accounts owed, nor details of the money received for cotton and seed. The farmers were disadvantaged as many were illiterate. It was an unwritten law of the cotton country that the sharecroppers could not quit and leave a plantation until their debts were paid. The period of the year around accounts settlement was frequently the time of most lynchings of blacks throughout the South, especially if economic times were poor. Many Negroes in Phillips County whose cotton was sold in October 1918, did not get a settlement before July of the following year, and often amassed considerable debt at the plantation store before that time, as they had to buy supplies, including seed.

Black farmers began to organize in 1919 to try to negotiate better conditions, including fair accounting and timely payment of monies due them by white landowners. Robert L. Hill, a black farmer from Winchester, Arkansas, had founded the Progressive Farmers and Household Union of America, and was working with farmers throughout Phillips County. Its purpose was “to obtain better payments for their cotton crops from the white plantation owners who dominated the area during the Jim Crow era. Black sharecroppers were often exploited in their efforts to collect payment for their cotton crops.”[4]

Whites tried to disrupt such organizing and threatened farmers.[6] The union had hired a white law firm in the capital of Little Rock to represent the black farmers in getting fair settlements for their 1919 cotton crops before they were taken away for sale. The firm was headed by Ulysses S. Bratton, a native of Searcy County and former assistant federal district attorney.[6]

The postwar summer of 1919 had already been marked by deadly race riots in more than three dozen cities across the country, including Chicago, Knoxville, Washington, DC, and Omaha, Nebraska. Competition for jobs and housing in crowded markets following World War I as veterans returned to society resulted in outbreaks of racial violence, usually of ethnic whites against blacks. Having served their country in the Great War, African-American veterans resisted racial discrimination and violence. In 1919 blacks vigorously fought back when their communities were attacked. Labor unrest and strikes took place in several cities as workers tried to organize. As industries hired blacks as strikebreakers in some cities, worker resentment against them increased.[4]

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  • rikyrah

    ICYMI

    The firm that put together the Steele Russia dossier testified for 9 hours this week, and have made it clear that they have no problem with the transcript being released.
    Grassley was confronted at a town hall in Iowa about the dossier.

    http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/watch/trump-dossier-testimony-from-senate-judiciary-could-be-published-1031124035652

  • edp4bho

    Morning Rikyrah. Missed your early comments about your sister. So glad she is recovering.

    • BoomerGal

      Morning, edp!

  • Joy

    Morning, rikyrah and POU!

    • BoomerGal

      Morning, Joy Joy!

    • rikyrah

      Morning Joy

  • Just want to thank you for highlighting the Human rights crimes against humanity.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good MornTin’ dj. :>) **BIG HUG** :>) B BLESSED♥ :>)

    • rikyrah

      Morning djchef

  • Conservative lawmakers’ defense of Confederate monuments in the South is part of a larger subterfuge to undercut the power of liberal black cities. http://prospect.org/article/monuments-and-minimum-wages

    • Joy

      Sounds about right.

    • Exactly.

    • Miranda

      That’s exactly what it is so take advantage of it – he’s working for free.

  • Kennymack1971

    Good morning POU Family.

    • Joy

      Morning, Kenny!

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good MornTin’ Kennymack1971. :>) **BIG HUG** :>)

      B BLESSED♥- –:>)- –SLAYIN’ tweets. . :>)

    • BoomerGal

      Good morning, Kenny!

    • rikyrah

      Morning KennyM

    • MsKitty

      Morning Kennymack

  • GreenLadyHere

    Good MornTin’ rikyrah. :>) **BIG HUG**- -B BLESSED♥ :>)

    • rikyrah

      Morning GLH

    • rikyrah

      No lie told

  • Kennymack1971
    • GreenLadyHere

      Kennymack1971 — – -*Co-Sign*- — :>)- –Thank U- -“FYMN”– Daily. :>)

    • Miranda

      He is just sad.

    • rikyrah

      Thanks for the daily affirmation

    • MsKitty

      I’ve never seen anybody so insecure in my life.

    • Alma98

      I think some idiot made this because during the eclipse people were making them with PBO eclipsing drumpf. LOL his supporters are swagger jacking PBO supporters gifs now lol. smh

  • BoomerGal

    Good Morning, POU! Blessings to everyone and a special mention, thoughts and prayers to AG and her daughter this morning. Have a good one!

    • GreenLadyHere

      HEEY BoomerGal- – -:>) Joinin’ U- -In Prayer♥ —:>)

    • Joy

      Echoing your sentiments…prayers up.

    • MsKitty

      Morning BoomerGal

      • BoomerGal

        Morning, MsKitty

  • BoomerGal

    Good Morning, rikyrah

    • rikyrah

      Morning BoomerG

    • Town

      I’m sure Trump will direct the SCOTUS to stay this execution.

    • GreenLadyHere

      dj- — Some JUSTICE- – -4 US- – — GOOD NEWZ!!- – —

    • Alma98

      WOW!!!

    • Alma98

      But he’s been on death row since fucking 1987? man…..

  • lamh

    As much as i am on twitter, and as much as i luv twitter…it is becoming a chore just to even look at my TL lately

    https://twitter.com/psddluva4evah/status/900710498878062592

    • MsKitty

      Sometimes it’s good to take a break for a while.

    • Kennymack1971

      I feel you Lamh. I have to step away from my main feed and go to my pop culture or sports lists.

  • GreenLadyHere

    – —Good Thursday MornTin’ Sepia♥/POU FAM♥- -:>) **BIG HUG** :>)- -These Riots Continue 2 Bring Horrible Feelings –As We See The Injustice That Our Ancestors ENDURED..- –The ELAINE RIOS Were Especially Deadly, SADLY.- –Learning much Sepia♥– –

    — – -☺http://waverlyhs.weebly.com/uploads/2/5/2/8/25282902/5043116.png?351
    – – — With an estimated 100 to 237 blacks killed, along with five white men, it is considered the deadliest race riot in the state and one of the
    deadliest racial conflicts in all of United States history.
    – –

    — – ENJOY♥– http://www.thriveswla.com/Images/Interior/wining%20&%20dining/smoothie.jpg

    – – -B BLESSED♥- – – -SAFE♥- – -PRAYERFUL♥- – -RESISTANT♥ :>)

    – – – –“SPECIAL PRAYERS” 4 AG/Daughter♥

    • BoomerGal

      Good Morning, GLH!! Ooooweee, those smoothies look GOOD!! **BIG HUG** and blessings!! Have a great day!! : )

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good Morntin’ BoomerGal. :>)– – -**BIG HUG** :>)– LOL- – -Please Enjoy. :>)
        Thank U 4 your Greetin’ annnd your KIND BLESSINGS♥– -:>)
        B BLESSED♥ :>)

    • Alma98

      Morning GHL
      Blessings to you and yours (((HUGS)))

      • GreenLadyHere

        ☺https://media.giphy.com/media/brsEO1JayBVja/giphy.gif
        Good MornTin’ alma.- – -:>)- – – -**BIG HUG** :>)- Thank U 4 Your KIND Greeting- – -annnd BLESSINGS♥- –:>) Needed. :>)

        How R U♥/weather?- — :>)—

        B BLESSED♥- -U♥/Mom♥/Family♥/DAUGHTER♥–:>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥- – –RESISTANT♥- – – CALLS OUT —This Completely- –“FLIP-FLOPPIN’ –PHOOL”- ——:>)

    — -☺https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/900697890355642368

    — –COMMENT:—Ryan & McConnell knew a year ago Trump was Putin’s Puppet and they blocked Obama from squealing. They know Trump is guilty in #TrumpRussia.– –

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥– — Good NEWZ- – –RE:- – –Director MUELLER♥ :>)

    – — ☺https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/900711528105730049

    — –COMMENT:- – –what about a impeachment bill because trump qualifies for the 25th amendment.– –

  • Miranda

    And this was promptly leaked.
    ——————-
    Kelly moves to control the information Trump sees
    A new process, laid out in two memos circulating in the West Wing this week, is supposed to ensure Kelly vets everything that hits the Resolute Desk.
    08/24/2017 05:11 AM EDT

    Confronted with a West Wing that treated policymaking as a free-for-all, President Donald Trump’s chief of staff John Kelly is instituting a system used by previous administrations to limit internal competition —and to make himself the last word on the material that crosses the president’s desk.

    It’s a quiet effort to make Trump conform to White House decision-making norms he’s flouted without making him feel shackled or out of the loop. In a conference call last week, Kelly initiated a new policymaking process in which just he and one other aide — White House staff secretary Rob Porter, a little-known but highly regarded Rhodes Scholar who overlapped with Jared Kushner as an undergraduate at Harvard — will review all documents that cross the Resolute Desk.

    The new system, laid out in two memos co-authored by Kelly and Porter and distributed to Cabinet members and White House staffers in recent days, is designed to ensure that the president won’t see any external policy documents, internal policy memos, agency reports, and even news articles that haven’t been vetted. Kelly’s deputy, Kristjen Nielson, is also expected to assume an integral role.

    more here: http://www.politico.com/story/2017/08/24/john-kelly-trump-control-241967

    • BoomerGal

      Yeah………just sit there and sign this. LOL!!!

    • rikyrah

      LOL

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥- – –HAPPY BIRTHDAY Wishes R In — -ORDER♥– – -:>)

    — — ☺https://twitter.com/TheRoot/status/900696403416100864

    – – –BLESSINGS♥- – — On Your – –“SPECIA LDAY♥”– -WE Love U♥— :>)

    — – —Gotta “bounce”– Family♥- – -Prayers♥– -C U Soon♥. .– -:>)

  • Miranda

    An illiterate president is very disconcerting, yes it is.
    https://twitter.com/JohnDingell/status/900703923073363968

    • rikyrah

      I know

  • Miranda

    For Bernie supporters that voted for Trump, It wasn’t about trade….but about race (but we knew this)
    ———————–
    Schaffner found that what distinguished Sanders-Trump voters from Sanders-Clinton voters wasn’t their attitudes about trade, but their attitudes about race. When asked whether whites are advantaged, Sanders-Trump voters were much more likely to disagree than were Sanders-Clinton voters.

    And, again, the bigger cleavage involved race. For example, in December 2011, 75 percent of Sanders-Trump voters agreed with this statement: “If blacks would only try harder they could be just as well off as whites.” Only 16 percent of Sanders-Clinton voters agreed.
    https://twitter.com/joanwalsh/status/900710957260976128

    • rikyrah

      Absolutely knew this

    • 7thangel

      just checked that thread at rawstory to see where it’s at. smdh, just finished reading a racist prick blame black folk for being ignorant and low info because they didn’t pick sanders.

      • MsKitty

        They’ve been singing that same song for the past year and a half.

        • BoomerGal

          They need new material.

      • Kennymack1971

        The mask always drops.

      • Joy

        I avoid the comments like the plague.

        • 7thangel

          i was going at them yesterday, no problem, but it was a mistake to take it on this early. too much white nonsense this early ruins the mood. plus, yesterday it was mostly the usual hillary hate, dnc hate, and ‘they cheated’ bs.

    • Kennymack1971

      Black folks knew it. There’s a reason that these BernieBots think they can find common ground with the deplorables and that’s because they have the same shitty attitudes towards Black folks. That’s why Tom Perez trying to engage with the so called Sanders wing is a waste of time and energy.

    • Joy

      Mmmhmm.

    • rikyrah

      Water is wet

  • MsKitty

    Morning rikyrah

    • rikyrah

      Morning MsKitty

  • Miranda

    Sepia just posted about this riot for yesterday’s morning thread.
    ————————
    Seeking justice for the mass hanging of black soldiers after the bloody 1917 Houston riots

    “One hundred years later, the descendants of three of the hanged men — William Nesbit, Thomas Coleman Hawkins, and Jesse Ball Moore — have petitioned the U.S. government for posthumous pardons, arguing they “suffered grave injustices at the hands of the United States when they were executed by hanging after a defective trial by court-martial.”
    https://twitter.com/washingtonpost/status/900720634241716225

    • Great find!

      I doubt very seriously Dolt45 will pardon them.

      • BoomerGal

        They should’ve taken up this cause during the Obama administration.

  • Miranda
  • Miranda

    Ragnarok Lobster‏ @eclecticbrotha
    Toothless white woman wants genocide so her children won’t have to compete with black and brown people.
    https://twitter.com/MuslimIQ/status/900373758464057345

    • BoomerGal

      I will not listen to this schitt. Not today.

    • Town

      I haven’t seen the video but she looks like she dropped out in 10th grade & works the register at Dollar General, but blames black people for why she’s living in a bedbug infested house with a leaky roof and only makes $7.25 an hour.

      • BoomerGal

        **Snicker**

      • If you see the video you would know she doesn’t have the education to even work the register

        • Joy

          Damn…LOL.

        • Miranda

          Exactly what I was thinking, she can’t read.

        • Town

          But her inability to read (and her children’s eventual inability to read) is all black people’s fault.

      • $7.25? The managers a long time ago figured out how to give her a piece of goat cheese and call it a paycheck.

    • 7thangel

      i saw the whole episode i think last year. the muslim brit that does this series is a comedian (you may recognize him from a few brit shows)

      her white supremacist husband/boyfriend/baby father, attends the church of the balding white dude, knowing full well that the preacher and his wife have a few adopted black children. she is full on hardcore racist with her degenerative genes

    • I think the only way her kids can have a chance is to pack their things up right now and runaway three minutes after sundown.

      I’m telling you here we are back to those Newsweek articles of the 70’s. Same exact words from her parents and other older relatives who also sat on a lawn all day doing nothing because they were too lazy to work for a better life. As usual her idiocy is our fault.

    • Alma98

      Snaggle tooth raggedy ass heffa. Get off your ass and work for it like everybody else. And you just admitted that you’re not the superior race too.

    • Worldwatcher7

      Sad to say, but those poor kids don’t have even the slimmest chance.

  • 7thangel
    • Miranda

      I think it should be done in half days…well, that wouldn’t matter.

      Maybe every 4 hours…..we might make it through a 4 hour cycle.

  • Miranda
    • Anybody who has had any contact with pee pee boy better go into witness protection because pooty-tang is cleaning house

    • rikyrah

      Oops

    • Admiral_Komack

      Bad form on backstroke, comrade.

    • Joy

      That whole thread by Clymer is a righteous read.

    • rikyrah

      Amen

    • Alma98

      Yep…We all know it’s not about patriotism it’s about racist white folks not wanting to see themselves for what and who they really are.

  • Miranda

    So basically, they’re working to elect republicans. Let’s be clear about that – this “Our Revolution” is working to elect more republicans.
    ———————–
    “they are demanding progressive candidates who support proposals like Medicare for all, free college and a $15 minimum wage.”

    In 2018, Democratic candidates who do not support Our Revolution’s progressive agenda will not earn the group’s endorsement, Turner said. And not only that. According to Turner, Our Revolution may go a step further, supporting primary challenges in 2018, if they emerge, against Democrats who don’t run on a progressive platform.
    https://twitter.com/WillDrabold/status/900708906598617088

    • adept2u

      She got her ass toasted for Sec. of State while being backed by an entire Newsnet and her funny punctuation mark mug on TV every other day.

    • Nina is still piss about donuts. Democrats will not make the same mistake again by coddling these idiots who cant even win a statewide office much less federal
      https://media.giphy.com/media/l41YbTbmmmaHRlR9S/giphy.gif

    • Kennymack1971

      So in the midst of a crisis where our government is being headed up by an incompetent buffoon….

      Where an unrepentantly racist Attorney General is out to reverse the Civil Rights Movement….

      You choose to make your “revolution”….

      About… attacking Democrats?

      Really ma’am?

      Yeah….Nina Turner can’t come back from this with me.

    • Town

      Nine Turner straight up said they would support Republicans if they had to.

    • 7thangel

      this is what happens to some when they receive unwarranted praise and attention.

      they only ‘like’ her because she’s a bernie cultist, and just like their repub cousins w/cain and carson, use her to deflect from any call outs for the racism and sexism they blatantly show when propping up an old mediocre white dude

    • You lost. Get over it!

    • Farrod

      She needta sit down somewhere, with them flapjacks just a flappin…..

    • Alma98

      You couldn’t even win the office you were running for so stfu.

    • Alma98

      I’mma just say it and join 7thangel in the lounge, I got oatmeal cookie to share too lol. That white peen must be rocking her world. Yeah I said it.

      • Miranda

        _________________________________get thee to the lounge!

      • Worldwatcher7

        I think she’s doing it strictly for her 30 pieces of silver.

        • Alma98

          Yeah that too lol.

    • jziglar

      They really are a cult just like the Dump 45 cult. Yesterday, a former Bernie campaign aide tweeted a picture of Obama and Branson in the British Virgin Islands on a boat and accused them of having fun in the winter while plotting to undermine Corbyn and Keith Ellison. LOL! These idiots are just like their cousins on the right. Also, Barack Obama and George HW Bush currently have the highest favorability scores for ex presidents with the broader public, Obama is the most popular ex president overseas, and with democrats and democratic leaning voters Obama is very popular and well liked. So attacking Obama isn’t going to help them in 2018 and 2020.

  • jziglar

    Trump has to be the most insecure person on the planet. I bet he wakes up everyday and searches for any Obama news or sightings. His obsession with Obama is becoming more clear to the public. I know in a few years the Obamas will be at the WH for the unveiling of their WH portraits, and then the living presidents will attend the opening of the Obama presidential library. I hope Trump isn’t there for any of those events. Especially the opening of the library/center.

    • Miranda

      Every invitation that former presidents routinely get, will get lost in the mail when it comes to trump.

    • Kennymack1971

      He’s obsessed. He wants to matter to PBO so much. Ever since he got that ether at the WHPC (made even more awesome by the fact that the op to take out OBL was underway) he’s done everything he can to try to elevate himself to PBOs level…and it ain’t working. He’ll never be on PBOs level…he knows it, everybody knows it and it drives him mad.

      • MsKitty

        I’m patiently waiting for the “nigger” Twitter rant. It’s gonna happen.

      • jziglar

        Along with his fans. They are obsessed with Obama as well. It’s like someone on twitter said earlier this week. Trump and his fans are upset because they aren’t accepted by the “elites” and will never be “elite” while Barack and his family have been accepted. And seeing black people who are smarter than them, wealthy, and hanging in quote on quote elite circles pisses them off. It’s why many Trump fans were so pissed when it was announced that Malia was attending Harvard just like her mom and dad.

        • Town

          “Malia only got in because of affirmative action!”

          OR, Malia got in because she’s a Harvard legacy, just like her father was a Harvard legacy. We won’t even mention that “daughter of the President” bit.

          The reason people are so obsessed with what Malia is doing is the same reason Becky & Sarah rolled up on Howard’s campus with their MAGA T-shirts: they are pressed that black people have opportunities that they don’t (and never will).

          • jziglar

            True. That’s all it’s ever been about.

    • Town

      As long as Trump is president, Obama will not be allowed to step foot at the WH, nor will he attend the Obama presidential library opening and you can take that to the bank.

  • MsKitty

    I was catching up with one of my friends yesterday and she was talking about recently taking her daughter back to college for her sophomore year. She mentioned how today’s kids can pack so much lighter than we did when we were in school in the ’80s. Back then you and the roommate had to figure out who was bringing the TV, who was going to set up the account for the land line phone, then there was all the record albums and the record player (or boom box/cassettes), and a hot plate if you wanted to heat up some food.

    Flashforward to 2017…the daughter and her roommate watch shows on their computers, so no need for a TV; she keeps all her music on the computer and phone so she packed a bluetooth speaker; nobody gets landline accounts anymore; and combo mini microwave/refrigerators are a thing.

    I just thought that was so funny how much has changed in 30 years and then I think…yeah, it’s been 30 years. #oldfogiemusings

    • BoomerGal

      I stopped counting………………..:

    • Miranda

      My sister-in-law was just telling me yesterday how she had to return a microwave and mini-fridge my nephew got as graduation presents because he’s in one of those smancy new dorms that are like apartments with 3 separate bedrooms AND bathrooms and full kitchen w/microwave! AAANNNND there is a laundry service! I was like…”so wait…he DOESNT have to lug his clothes down to a basement laundry room with his roll of quarters???”

      I was mad.

      • MsKitty

        It’s ridiculous. Back in the day the apartment type setups were usually reserved for the upperclassmen as a perk, and the lowly freshmen had to tough it out in the dorms 2-3 in a room.

        These kids are spoiled LOL

  • Miranda

    I don’t know what the stocking trick is.

    I know what the “use a panty liner” trick is LMAO

    • TyrenM

      So, that’s not the “sock on the door” thing.

  • Miranda

    They’re laughing at us.

    I am returning from spending a day in Mexico City speaking with business and government leaders. Relative to my last visit to Mexico, in March, leaders have moved from being appalled and alarmed by the Trump administration to being appalled and bemused.
    https://twitter.com/washingtonpost/status/900733789361631232

  • Miranda
  • MsKitty
    • jziglar

      Not surprising.

    • Miranda

      Of course.

  • Miranda

    I just googled “dorm room decor 2017” and got upset. LOL

  • Miranda

    Of course he’s serious. Why wouldn’t he be? He has no idea what that really means to start with….and it won’t affect him or Ivanka so why not?
    https://twitter.com/NBCNews/status/900726913890746370

    • Kennymack1971

      This is why the pundits and business network types amuse me talking up tax reform. Dolt 45 can’t govern neither can the Republicans in Congress. I’m expecting a government shutdown and a default on our debt because these idiots can’t raise the ceiling.

      • Not going to happen.

        • Miranda

          They’ll have to do what Boehner did….go beg Nancy Pelosi to please release the Dem votes on a clean bill (since the freedom caucus nuts won’t vote for a clean bill). There will be no funding for a wall. The votes will be veto proof.

        • Town

          What will happen is this:

          Trump threatens government shutdown.

          Senate Republicans are like Hell naw (because they know the consequences of that)

          GOP has to do what the Democrats want & that means Trump doesn’t get what HE wants.

          Trump gets big mad and lashes out at Congress.

          More hijinks and mayhem ensues. Senate Republicans wash their hands of 2017 and focus on 2018 because they’re more likely to be in DC in 2018 than Trump will.

      • rikyrah

        We are on the clock now.
        Just need to make it to September 29th

  • Miranda

    LOLOL
    ———————
    White House rapid response director is out and it takes Trump staff three days to admit it
    08/24/2017 06:27 AM EDT

    W.H. RAPID RESPONSE DIRECTOR IS OUT — ANDY HEMMING left his job on Monday as the White House director of rapid response, according to multiple sources. A source familiar with the move told us it was a “mutually agreed upon” separation, and Hemming now plans to take a vacation (in which golf may play a big part) and then explore future opportunities.

    Right before his departure, he was profiled by Annie Karni (http://politi.co/2g79s6m) as the staffer the White House pays “$89,000 a year to spot and distribute positive stories from the mainstream media.”

    http://www.politico.com/story/2017/08/24/playbook-andy-hemming-white-house-donald-trump-241970

  • 7thangel
    • BoomerGal

      OMG!!! Adorable!!! I need a ‘Hug’ in my life!!!

    • MsKitty

      Adorable. But Pugs are small and Huskies are large. So how?…yikes.

      • BoomerGal

        Thought about that, too. Where there’s a will there’s a way, I guess.

    • Joy

      I want one!

  • Miranda
  • TyrenM

    Noted.

    • Alma98

      LOL

  • Miranda

    Oh yeaaaaah…but we used some duct tape I think or something that would trick the washer. LOLOL

    The panty liner trick was when you used up all your quarters in the snack machine and don’t have clean underwear, but you got some panty liners. Ratchet yes, but it helped to tie you over! LMAO

  • 7thangel
  • Miranda

    uh oh…………Sage Steele trending……
    https://twitter.com/BSO/status/900734620840337408

    • 7thangel

      dancing that jig for white jizz…

      well, i’m off to the bad lounge

      • Miranda

        _________________we haven’t restocked on snacks, you might have to have something delivered.

        • 7thangel

          i got my flask

      • Alma98

        HA!

    • rikyrah

      Don’t blame them

  • Miranda

    There is no FEMA Director and this administration is completely incompetent.

    Godspeed Corpus Christi – prepare yourselves for the aftermath with no federal assistance
    https://twitter.com/AnaCabrera/status/900741218103156736

    • Town

      Texas voted for Trump so obviously Texas wanted the Freedom(tm) to be devastated by hurricanes.

    • Admiral_Komack

      They’ll drown, secure in the fact that they were not seduced by that evil federal government.

  • Miranda
    • Alma98

      hahahaha

    • LOL!!!

    • Worldwatcher7

      Hahahaha! Now crawl back under your rock.

    • Joy

      Ooohhhh!

  • Worldwatcher7

    Good morning POU. I enjoyed this tribute to Dick Gregory.
    https://twitter.com/nytopinion/status/900571136357957632

    • Alma98

      Morning WW7

      • Worldwatcher7

        Hey Alma; sorry about your cable probs. Was it due to weather?

        • Alma98

          Nope, just them messing up stuff lol.

    • BoomerGal

      Morning, Ww7!

      • Worldwatcher7

        Morning BG.

    • rikyrah

      Morning WW7

  • BoomerGal

    Morning, Alma! Glad you’re back up and running!!

  • MsKitty

    Morning Alma

    • Alma98

      Morning MsKitty

  • Joy

    Morning!

  • First off not buying the reason NFL ratings declined last year was because of Kaepernick. Try the fact the NFL sticks people who don’t have Direct TV with crummy games. Jets vs Patriots? Nobody cares. I just went to the website and followed games there.

    Second it could be that people are sick of the NFL oversaturating. I don’t know about you but I can definitely do without the Thursday Night game but that’s what happens when you have a greedy league.

    Finally who are these White men kidding saying they’ll boycott the season. They’ll curse Kaep all year as they watch football from week 1 until the SuperBowl.

    • Miranda

      An election year was the reason for most of the dip. Sunday and Monday night still won their nights every single week, even if the games sucked.

      • Thank you. And a lot of those games last year did sucked. Even the much hyped ones.

        • Miranda

          The Thursday nights in particular were HORRIBLE. I mean THE WORST.
          The thursday night college games on ESPN were much better by a longshot. Football didn’t make a dent in ABC’s thursday night drama lineup at all and they thought it would when Thursday night football started.

          • Greed Miranda. Pure greed. I love football but Thursday is just too much for me. I’d rather watch reruns of Leave It To Beaver. Wait a minute..I already do.

    • Tunisia

      Plus no one wants to stay up late watching games when they have to got to work the next day. I am a football fan and it’s a struggle.

      • Yeah I usually wound up DVR’ng the second half.

      • MsKitty

        The only time I get to stay up for a nighttime game is if Monday’s a holiday. Otherwise I usually check out after the first quarter.

    • TyrenM

      Jets/Pats or Shondaland? Yes, a lot of weeks, it was a tough choice. Often, I’d go to the game in the 4th qtr 17-14, 10-7. Man, get on.

    • Tunisia

      We seem to be blacked out from games we want to see. We have to go to the local bar to watch a game that we may be interested in. Another was for us to spend more money. My spouse is a Eagles fan and has to leave home every week to watch the game.

      • Same here. Game of the week and we get stuck with a Redskins games. Would rather watch paint dry than watch the Skins.

    • Alma98

      Nope

    • Admiral_Komack

      MEH.
      The boycotters can do what they do, and I’ll do what I do:
      WATCH THE RAIDERS!
      GO RAIDERS!

      • They ain’t boycotting nothing. Oh they’ll go online to some forum and brag how they are. But they’re going thru withdrawals by the time Wednesday rolls around.

  • Miranda

    wow…………………..WOW…LOL! Dang, just watch.
    https://twitter.com/BBCWorld/status/900744982071521280

  • Miranda

    I’m Proud of My Husband for Kneeling During the Anthem, but Don’t Make Him a White Savior
    by Erica Harris DeValve 17 minutes ago

    excerpt:
    While I understand (and am deeply proud) that Seth is the first white NFL player to kneel during a demonstration like this (on Sept. 4, 2016, Megan Rapinoe, a U.S. women’s soccer player, was the first white professional athlete to do so), I would like to push back against some of the attention he’s been getting that portrays him as some sort of white savior to a movement that was started and has been carried on by black football players for about a year now.

    I am grateful for the widespread support and praise that Seth is getting for his actions, but I would like to offer a humble reminder that a man—a black man—literally lost his job for taking a knee, week after week, on his own. Colin Kaepernick bravely took a step and began a movement throughout the NFL, and he suffered a ridiculous amount of hate and threats and ultimately lost his life’s work in the sport he loves.
    https://twitter.com/VerySmartBros/status/900752456170315776

    • adept2u

      I can see why he loves her. I’m confident he knows what he got and will hold on with both hands.

    • MsKitty

      Seth understands how racism systematically oppresses people across this entire nation. He understands that to be complacent about it is not just unacceptable as a “black wife’s” husband; Seth supported his teammates because it was the right thing to do, it was the godly thing to do and it was the responsible thing to do. If I were white, he should have done the same, and I am confident that he would have.

      What say you, Tamera?

      • Alma98

        Tamera’s husband is a raging racist and her defending him saying he’s not shows how willfully blind she is.

    • This picture cracks me up for one reason. The Browns are giving the middle finger to their coach Hue Jackson.

    • Worldwatcher7

      Wow. Well said.

    • BoomerGal

      I hear that girlfriend. He can sympathize but never empathize.

  • Miranda

    Will pick up your dirty clothes from the front of your door and return it at a designated time…folded.

    That ain’t right.

  • Miranda

    Why sessions doj need this information? They are lying saying there were premeditated riots on Inauguration Day…there were no riots at all.
    —————————
    Web hosting company ordered to turn over information on visits to anti-Trump website
    08/24/2017 12:05 PM EDT

    A D.C. judge ordered web hosting company DreamHost to turn over information to the Justice Department about people connected to an anti-Trump website despite arguments that it would impinge their First Amendment rights and stifle online political discourse.

    But at a hearing Thursday morning in D.C. Superior Court, Judge Robert E. Morin sought to put restrictions on how the government reviews the material in order to protect those rights. The government must disclose who will search the material and what process they will use. They must also develop a plan to minimize the search of material unrelated to criminal activity.

    more here: http://www.politico.com/story/2017/08/24/trump-inauguration-protest-dreamhost-court-241973

    • Alma98

      They’re trying to intimidate and harass people. I hope they get sued.

  • Miranda

    The ACA is in a death spiral……….not.
    https://twitter.com/bobjherman/status/900747495931858944

  • Alma98

    LOL

  • MsKitty
    • Miranda

      Bron had some time today…wasn’t gonna let that Isaiah slander stand!

    • Worldwatcher7

      When it comes to politics, there is no question: LeBron is better than Kobe and MJ.

  • Alma98

    Someone in that Bernie voters piece mentioned something that we say all the time. Most of Bernie voters are not dems they’re paultards and libertarians. I think the msm purposely overlooks that fact.

  • MsKitty

    This is (supposedly) the young lady in the gray shirt that went Ike Turner on that ignorant woman in yesterday’s viral beatdown.

    https://twitter.com/DaggDagg94/status/900453263820062721

    • Alma98

      wow

    • adept2u

      Hood pass intact…

      • 7thangel

        she’ll be at the cookout

        • Miranda

          Getting that real good cut of the Mac and cheese.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥- – – –HAPPY BIRTHDAY – -WISHES R In – -ORDER♥- – :>)

    – – -☺https://twitter.com/MadisonSiriusXM/status/900712753765249025

    – – – —BLESSINGS♥- – -:>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥— HAH!- – –The – -“NO- -2 Mara-Lago List”- – – -GREW- – – -#18!!

    – – -☺https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/900757832630403072

    — — — -COMMENTS:- – –Goodness gracious. @realDonaldTrump being president isn’t turning out to be very lucrative for you and your grifter family is it?!— -[HAH!]

    – – -☻https://twitter.com/TrumpsTaxes/status/900758577970892800
    – –[Triple HAH!]

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up.