November 1, 2014

Thursday Open Thread: Sundown Towns

Today’s featured Sundown town is McLean County, Kentucky.

43 McLean Co

In some parts of the country, African-Americans or other people of color simply happen to not live there.  It is not because the locals keep them out, they just choose to not move there.  In northern Idaho, for example, one can point to almost any single county and allege it is a Sundown County.  Looking at the surrounding counties, however, would show they, too, are also almost exclusively white.  This is a simple accident of migration, and these counties do not have reputations as Sundown communities.

There are other “all white” pockets, however, that make no sense when compared to their state or surroundings.  McLean County, Kentucky, is one such Sundown County.  It has been blissfully  white for longer than anyone can remember.  There are two African-American families that have been allowed to live in peace there.  They are not embraced, but are merely tolerated (they have lived there for many decades).  The populace of the county treats these blacks as tokens, and they use them to congratulate themselves about their forward-thinking and to show publicly they are not racist. “See?  There’s our black people, right over there – both of ’em!”

 

Yet, without having a sign that clearly says “Whites Only”, McLean County (and  more onerously its county seat of Calhoun) is a Sundown community.  The word “nigger” can be heard off-handedly any day of the week in Calhoun.  Racist jokes that the denizens think are funny are told and retold.  Livermore, Kentucky (a town in McLean County), hosted a lynching in the mid 20th Century.  The mere handfuls of token blacks who live in the area of Calhoun do not live in the midst of concentrated white populations.

 Not one of the “good” Christians who live in the county would openly admit they discriminate or are racists.  In 2010, the local Catholic Church (the only one in Calhoun) was sent its new priest after the older one retired.  He happened to be African.  The priest moved into the church rectory – after settling into his new digs, he made the mistake of going out to walk around his new town.  Police response was immediate, and he was detained on the street unnecessarily while he tried to explain (in his heavily accented English) who he was and why he was walking around Calhoun.  He lives there and conducts his Church services.  But, unfortunately, the community does not embrace him, and they quietly resent his presence as both a black man and as a “foreigner” (of whom they are all suspicious).

 As proof of Calhoun’s (and McLean County’s) Sundown status a look at the most recent 2010 US Census data bears out the claim.  In 2010, McLean County’s roughly 60 black Americans accounted for 0.6% of the county’s total population.  Unlike the counties in northern Idaho, however, this is no accident of demography – the counties surrounding McLean County had black populations ranging from 4.5% up to 6.6% of their populace.  The Commonwealth of Kentucky in the 2010 US Census reported over 9% of its population as African-American or black.

 McLean County’s paltry 0.6% black population (when compared to its neighbors and the Commonwealth at large) is proof of its racist Sundown status.

 

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  • isonprize

    Sending some SUNLIGHT out to my POU fam!!

    It’s catchy, got a nice beat, I give it an 85! Plus, the fellas will like it…

    Brand New Heavies – Sunlight

  • Miranda

    Some Republicans See Racism As a Factor in Immigration Stalemate

    “I hate to say this, because these are my people — but I hate to say it, but it’s racial,” says a Republican congressman.
    posted on January 29, 2014 at 11:54pm EST

    WASHINGTON — For more than a year House Republican leaders have insisted the chamber would act on new immigration laws. And for more than a year, Republicans have done virtually nothing on the issue — despite intense pressure from activists, business groups, and the nation’s changing demographics.

    And although there are a variety of reasons for inaction, one Republican lawmaker recently offered a frank acknowledgement for many members, there’s one issue at play not often discussed: race.

    “Part of it, I think — and I hate to say this, because these are my people — but I hate to say it, but it’s racial,” said the Southern Republican lawmaker, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. “If you go to town halls people say things like, ‘These people have different cultural customs than we do.’ And that’s code for race.”

    more here: http://www.buzzfeed.com/johnstanton/some-republicans-see-racism-as-a-factor-in-immigration-stale

    • isonprize

      “It’s racial” Ya think?? LOLOLOL

    • rikyrah

      racism in the GOP?
      oh my, clutch those pearls!

    • GreenLadyHere

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    • Alma98

      For real! lol

    • MsKitty

      SHOCKING!!!

    • jds09

      In the “good old days” they would have put their name to it. Now southern congressmen are trying to distance themselves from themselves. Thinking about the Aesop fable of the trash talking goat on the roof…they ain’t so bold now that the roof, aka the Southern Strategy fell in. It’s good to be alive. LOL

    • TresL

      No shit Sherlock!

  • Miranda

    Scott Finley takes no prisoners….LOL

    https://twitter.com/ScottyBurberry/status/428873788051439616

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

  • GreenLadyHere

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    — -Some —ECONOMIC POSITIVITY. :>)

    – – – -U.s. economy expands 3.2% in fourth quarter

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  • GreenLadyHere

    - -POU FAM♥ – — -1 more on the ECONOMICS: —

    — – -☺http://www.marketwatch.com/story/us-jobless-claims-jump-19000-to-348000-2014-01-30-81034929?link=MW_story_latest_news
    – –U.S. jobless claims jump 19,000 to 348,000

    — –The number of people who sought U.S. unemployment benefits near the end of January rose to the highest level in six weeks, but it’s unclear whether the increase is the residue of holiday-season distortions or reflects a deterioration in the labor market.

    —NOT a stable set of data; –soo it may B adjusted. – –WATCHIN’. . .

  • rikyrah

    Farm Bill Screws The Poor In Order to Provide More Corporate Welfare
    By: Rmuse
    Wednesday, January, 29th, 2014, 8:01 pm

    On Monday there was an expressed feeling of pleasure and pride in Washington as a result of negotiations that produced another bicameral agreement that does not bode well for millions of Americans. It is one more sign that Washington politics have devolved into Democrats fighting a losing battle to prevent Republicans from stealing from the poor to enrich corporations when the parties are proud of an agreement that hurts Americans less than Republicans intended. The announcement on Monday that House and Senate negotiators reached a bipartisan agreement on a massive farm bill may put an end to a more than two-year fight likely because this is an election year. However, just because House and Senate negotiators came to an agreement, it is questionable if the bill will garner enough Republican votes to pass in the House.

    The new five-year farm bill is supposed to eliminate or consolidate dozens of agriculture subsidy programs, expand government-subsidized crop insurance, and cut $9 billion from the food stamp program over the next decade. The proposed agreement is slated to reduce spending by about $23 billion over 10 years; the House is expected to vote on it today. It is unclear when the Senate will take up the legislation and its passage is not guaranteed to be easy because many Senate Democrats are likely unhappy with the food stamp measure that cuts more than twice as much as the bipartisan agreement they reached last May.

    However, while Senate Democrats are unhappy the food stamp cuts are twice as deep as their effort last year, they are not nearly as drastic as House teabaggers called for last year or will likely demand this year. Last June Republican hunger mongers defeated a farm bill supported by Speaker John Boehner because the $20 billion in food stamp cuts were not Draconian enough. The House eventually passed a separate bill that dealt with nutrition programs and cut $40 billion from SNAP that was a far cry from Paul Ryan’s Path to Prosperity that called for $133.5 billion in cuts that effectively ended nutrition assistance to 48 million Americans.

    http://www.politicususa.com/2014/01/29/farm-bill-screws-poor-order-provide-corporate-welfare.html

  • rikyrah

    Dear Professional Left, Attacking the NSA While Giving Corporate Big Data a Pass is NOT Progressive

    Wednesday, January 29, 2014 | Posted by Spandan Chakrabarti at 4:58 PM

    I am a pretty regular listener to Stephanie Miller’s radio talk show. Miller herself is quite on point on Edward Snowden and the NSA, but her cohorts on the show, affectionately referred to as “the mooks” often set their everloving hair on fire based on NSA’s intelligence gathering activities. We have discussed the essential nature of signals intelligence on this blog before, and we will do so again, but for the purposes of this post, I want to focus on a rather dumbfounding notion that the Left keeps convincing itself is true: that it is more dangerous for the government to have metadata than for private companies to have it because only the government is empowered to strip one of one’s liberty.

    Not only is this patently and provably false in today’s interconnected world, the reverse is closer to the truth. Let me explain.

    In today’s world, government’s power to strip liberties is far from exclusive.

    Few things astound me more than liberals’ inability – or in cases, unwillingness – to connect different parts of the world around us. The same liberals who argue that Google having your information and the NSA having your information isn’t the same because Google doesn’t have the ability to physically harm you will turn right around and and walk picket lines against coal mines owned by private corporations that do physically harm people. And by people, we aren’t even talking about just their employees but communities.

    http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2014/01/attacking-nsa-while-giving-corporate.html

    • pamelabrown53

      Morning rikyrah. Followed your link to The Peoples View and I can’t read the comments. Anyone else having this problem?

    • Miranda

      It really tickles me…the people so paranoid over the NSA “spying on them” while they use free Wi-fi at Starbucks to post their ramblings on Facebook.

      • MsKitty

        And use foursquare to post where they are, right down to the address.

        • Miranda

          But worried bout the NSA….aren’t they hilarious?

  • rikyrah

    HuffPo reports that three Dem Senators who co-sponsored the Iran sanctions bill, Joe Manchin, Kirstin Gillibrand and Chris Coons, are retreating and saying a vote now could imperil diplomacy, the latest sign that the momentum for a vote has dissipated entirely. Note this from Manchin:

    “I did not sign it with the intention that it would ever be voted upon or used upon while we were negotiating,” Manchin said on MSNBC. “I signed it because I wanted to make sure the president had a hammer if he needed it and showed them how determined we were to do it and use it if we had to.”

    He added that it’s better to “give peace a chance.”

    • goldenstar

      PBO really gave what they had coming: a public televised humiliation. Worked wonders..

    • MsKitty

      LOL at Manchin’s “see what had happened was…”

    • Kennymack1971

      Somewhere Bibi and AIPAC are crying.

      • BoomerGal

        And I’m laughing! LOL!!

    • jds09

      Somebody got their ass whupped.

    • TresL

      Manchin knows that at some point his backward state is going to need a lot of federal assistance to clean up the mess that his decisions regarding industry regulations have wrought upon WV citizens.

    • TyrenM

      If Kristin has national ambition, she’s gonna want Obama on her team.

      • AxelFoley

        And us. But she still gonna get the side eye from me forever more.

  • Alma98

    Morning POU!

    • rikyrah

      Good Morning, Alma.
      This is early for you.
      Have a good day.
      It’s 20 degrees here!!

      • Alma98

        Good morning rikyrah :)
        Appointment today.
        We’re supposed to hit 30 degrees today, woohoo!

    • goldenstar

      Good morning Alma, you going to see PBO today?

      • Alma98

        Morning goldenstar, unfortunately no I have an appt.
        Besides it’s in Waukesha part of Walker’s base lol.
        I consider it a sundown town.

    • GreenLadyHere

      - -GOOD MORNTIN’ Alma98. :>) ***BIG HUG*** :>)
      Oooohhhh I luv it! :>) –Such INTRICATE design.[Like a "dart Board] :>) -
      – —

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      — It’s chilly —But O.K. – -:>) Expectin’ the SUN any time. :>)

      Good 2 C U Alma. :>) – – –B BLESSED/SAFE/WARM♥ – -

      • Alma98

        Good morning GLH, we have warmed up a little bit this morning. Glad you like the sun, blessings to you & the fam. Have a wonderful day! (((HUGS)))

        • GreenLadyHere

          Alma – – – -Good on the “Warmed UP” :>) —
          BLESSINGS —NEEDED annnd APPRECIATED♥ — *HUGS***

  • rikyrah

    GA GOPers Meet Unemployment Debate Question With Awkward Pause (VIDEO)
    Daniel Strauss – January 29, 2014, 4:26 PM EST

    When a moderator for a recent Georgia Republican primary debate asked candidates by a show of hands whether they would vote to extend benefits for the thousands of American workers who have been stuck with long-term unemployment, the question was met with an awkward pause.

    At the Mayor’s Day Senate Forum in Atlanta earlier in the week, none of the six candidates raised their hands in favor of extending benefits, but when the opposite question was asked — who would vote against such a proposal — all six candidates raised their hands. Rep. Paul Broun’s (R-GA) arm shot up the fastest.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/georgia-senate-candidates-oppose-extending-unemployment-benefits

    • Miranda

      SMH……can’t stand these ‘necks.

    • conlakappa

      No one wanted to show humanity first. Telling.

  • GreenLadyHere

    GOOD MORNTIN’ PBOMB♥/POU FAM♥ —***BIG HUG*** :>)- –GIVING HONOR 2 OUR SERIES.:>)
    — – -THANK U PBOMB♥ – — -Learnin’ sooo MUCH. :>)

    — – –☻MOVE ON – -U DON’T WANNA LIVE HERE! – – –
    — – —– – -☺http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_ly45sbQf6x1qa0tls.gif
    – —- – – – – — -In some parts of the country, African-Americans or other people of color
    simply happen to not live there. It is not because the locals keep
    them out, they just choose to not move there.
    - –
    – – — —— – – – -The word “nigger” can be heard off-handedly any day of the week in
    Calhoun. Racist jokes that the denizens think are funny are told and
    retold.
    – – —GEESH!! –
    – – — –SUBTLE SEGREGATION — HUH? – – — humph!

    – —☻http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-f7SaOKDflO4/UrhfHNtr8kI/AAAAAAAAHb0/EjVo8Wgj9LE/s1600/hot-chocolate-fireplace.jpg
    —-ENJOY your TREAT. :>) — -B BLESSED — SAFE —WARM♥

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

    Mornin’ POU!

    Mayor Kasim Reed was on The Today Show this morning, and he was not having Matt Lauer’s gotcha bitchassness!

    Video: http://www.today.com/news/atlanta-mayor-inexperience-snow-plays-role-gridlock-2D12023715

    • GreenLadyHere

      GOOD MornTin’ Sepia♥ :>) —***BIG HUG*** :>)
      – –Good on him. – –he –“clapped back “@ cnn yesterday also!

      —Good 2 C U Sepia♥ — -B BLESSED/SAFE/WARM♥ – –

    • rikyrah

      Go Mayor Reed!!!

    • Miranda

      It maybe because I’m home, warm, eating warm chocolate chip cookies while watching The Golden Girls….but I’m really not feeling sorry anymore for folks still stuck in that traffic and trying to find their rides, when many of them are the main ones that vote time and time again against any mass transportation bill in an effort to keep black and brown folks confined to certain areas. I am not feeling even a hint of sympathy for the residents of Sandy Springs, Johns Creek and other that in their selfish simple-minded arrogant ways, vote to “separate” themselves from Atlanta in order to “keep their tax dollars” and now hollering for Kasim Reed to help them get their asses home. Fuck them. I dont give a damn because its what they get. I hope it happens again too because they won’t learn from this, you can bet that. They’ll be right back at it hollering they wanna be away from Atlanta next week and then when shit like this happens, what do they do? Their cute little mayor and city council have not even a hope of doing ANYTHING but calling Mayor Reed and then demanding they get services FIRST. FUCK THEM.

      • jds09

        I agree. They need to learn that we are all interconnected on some level. There is a high price to pay for their desire to achieve the mythical Mayberry.

        On another note, Mayor Reed shoukd give a master-class in how to handle the media. He’s personable, factual and firm.

      • jziglar

        This is just like the situation in West Virginia. These racists get what they deserve and I don’t feel sorry for them. Actually I hope more bad things happen to them and the government shouldn’t help them.

      • itgurl_29

        You better preach!

    • lamh36

      So I see they trying to turn Kasim Reed into Christie

    • AxelFoley

      Kasim don’t play nor has he any fucks to give.

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

    Obama Built That!

    U.S. economy grows 3.2% at end of 2013

    Biggest rise in consumer spending in three years; exports also strong

    By Jeffry Bartash, MarketWatch

    …The total value of all goods and services produced by the economy, known as gross domestic product, grew at a 3.2% annual pace in the fourth quarter, the Commerce Department said Thursday. Economists polled by MarketWatch had forecast a 3.3% gain.

    Leading the way was the biggest burst of consumer spending in three
    years and a snap-back in business investment. Sharply improved exports also added to the glow.

    …In any case, the economy’s strong year-end performance follows on the heels of a 4.1% growth rate in the third quarter. Taken together, the
    two periods combined to post the biggest back-to-back increase in growth since end of 2011 and start of 2012.

    MORE: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/us-economy-grows-32-at-end-of-2013-2014-01-30

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ – — –BEST WISHES —MR. PRESIDENT♥ :>)–☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NCs8ufxnnYA

    — –In Wisconsin, Obama to focus on job training
    — – — -President Barack Obama is focusing on training workers for in-demand jobs, another theme from his State of the Union address.

    The White House says Obama, while in Wisconsin on Thursday, will make good on a promise to act on his own to help the middle class by directing Vice President Joe Biden to lead a government-wide review of federal job-training programs. He’s also asking Biden to work with government officials and others to help turn the job-training system into one that’s driven more by employer needs.

    Obama was touring a General Electric facility near Milwaukee that for many years has relied on a regional program to train its workers.

    He is following presidential tradition by traveling in the days after the State of the Union to promote his proposals.

    Before returning to the White House, Obama was stopping in Tennessee to speak at Nashville’s McGavock Comprehensive High School.
    THERE IS MORE – —
    —DAT – – –HATA –Gov walker —bet B VERY cordial!! –

    – —– — WE WATCHIN’. . . .

  • rikyrah

    January 29, 2014, 01:30 pm
    Pete Wilson syndrome: Boehner and the GOP’s last chance on immigration reform
    By Fernando Espuelas

    Tick, tock, the clock has run out on John Boehner and his GOP cohort to present a credible immigration reform plan to the nation. And that doesn’t mean just any set of “principles,” but a coherent, comprehensive bill that will pass the House, reconcile with the Senate’s bill and win the president’s signature.

    The reality is now upon us: Since President Bush’s immigration reform was killed by his own Republican Party in 2007 and the latest GOP presidential candidate ran on a political suicide strategy of “self-deportation,” Hispanics in this country see Republicans as the immovable object that must be dislodged from power.

    The national GOP is going through a scaled-up version of the Pete Wilson syndrome. Back in the 1990s, Republican rising star Gov. Pete Wilson of California launched a crusade attacking undocumented workers. He campaigned for a ballot proposition that would, among many other vindictive measures, keep undocumented kids from attending public schools.

    Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/immigration/196847-pete-wilson-syndrome-boehner-and-the-gops-last-chance-on#ixzz2rtS9kK4z

    • jds09

      Oh, I forgot about one of the gifts that Cali has given America…the saga of Pete Wilson. He thought he could be president too. This quote is delicious.

      “All any California Democrat has to do at a voter rally is connect their GOP opponent with the magic words “Pete Wilson” and the election is effectively over. The state of Ronald Reagan is now deep blue; there are no state-wide elected Republicans. Latinos have long memories.”

  • rikyrah

    These two tweets tell you all you need to know about the politics of health reform
    January 29, 2014 at 12:30 pm
    Austin Frakt

    Two of Avik Roy’s tweets yesterday, pertaining to the recently released Senate GOP health reform plan (the Patient CARE Act) and discussion thereof, are very revealing.

    …………………………

    Matthew Herper ✔ @matthewherper

    @Avik it still seems to me that this is going to hit a lot of voters harder. Even if it makes economic sense.

    Avik Roy @Avik
    Follow
    .@matthewherper By repealing and replacing Ocare, the plan is more disruptive than it needs to be. But repeal needed for Right viability.

    4:33 PM – 28 Jan 2014

    Avik Roy @Avik
    Follow
    Good faith policymaking incompatible with political systems. RT @yeselson: @afrakt When to do we finally get to good faith policy making?

    5:08 PM – 28 Jan 2014

    …………………..

    I do not mean “revealing” in a gotcha or gaffe sense. In fact, I largely agree with Avik. Repealing the ACA is not necessary to further a conservative health policy agenda. Therefore, as Avik correctly points out, it’s unnecessarily disruptive to do so. Yet this is what the Patient CARE Act does. And then it, in some ways, replicates some of the structure of the ACA, though in other ways it departs from it. (See Don Taylor’s summary.)

    This is precisely why I’ve responded to journalists’ inquiries about the Patient CARE Act by pointing out, among other things, that it’s clearly designed to serve the objectives of the campaign(s)—2014 and then, perhaps, 2016—not as an effort to engage in good faith negotiation with Democrats on health policy.

    http://theincidentaleconomist.com/wordpress/these-two-tweets-tell-you-all-you-need-to-know-about-the-politics-of-health-reform/

    • jds09

      The GOP is so boxed in on healthcare policy. PBO’s political tactics will be discussed in political science classes for decades to come. I’ll tell my future grandkids, that I saw that shit go down in real time. (And yes, I will be a cursing grandmother, its a family tradition.)

      • MsKitty

        My grandmother was strategic about her use of profanity. She didn’t let it drop that often but when she did it was like, okay these might be my last moments on Earth so I better stop acting a fool.

  • MsKitty

    My heart goes out to that poor priest. It’s amazing that these people call themselves Christians. SMH.

    • Miranda

      What happened?

      • MsKitty

        From today’s sundown towns post. An African priest is the rector of a church in Calhoun County and his parishioners and the community have treated him horribly.

        • Miranda

          SMH……but I bet they all think they have a ticket punched to go through the pearly gates – bet they think Jesus himself will welcome them in.

          • BoomerGal

            Yep! You got it!

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

    Detroit May File $18 Billion Bankruptcy Plan in Two Weeks

    By Steven Church
    Jan 30, 2014 12:01 AM ET

    Detroit’s emergency financial manager may file a proposed debt-adjustment plan in federal court in about two weeks, an action that would start the final phase in the city’s record $18 billion municipal bankruptcy.

    The manager, Kevyn Orr, has given a copy of the plan to creditors, his spokesman, Bill Nowling, said yesterday in a statement. Creditors will have a chance to vote on the proposal once it’s filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Detroit and the judge determines it gives enough information.

    The plan reflects details already presented to creditors who have been negotiating with the city since it filed for bankruptcy in July, Orr said. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes had told the city he wanted it to file a plan by March 1.

    MORE: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-01-29/detroit-may-file-18-billion-bankruptcy-plan-in-two-weeks.html

  • Miranda

    Reason #4790023 why so-called serious “journos” are useless:

    https://twitter.com/mattbai/status/428656032575787008

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

      A REAL journalist would’ve tried to find out how many people watched online before reporting.

      • Alma98

        Not to mention they’re going back to 2000 to compare numbers. They ain’t slick in the least.

      • conlakappa

        Um, when did 33M get considered low ratings? What the hell gathers that many people around a computer to watch it on a Yahoo! screen?

      • AxelFoley

        I just tweeted your words to him, Sepia. I hope you don’t mind.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ — – –TWEETIN’ — -TRUTH — –[UH! --OH ---"KK"]

    — -☺@keithboykin
    As NY Port Authority raises minimum wage, Chris Christie appointees refuse to allow pay raise for NJ airline workers. http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/christie-drop-dead-article-1.1595970
    View summary [What happened 2 that --Bi-partisan spirit?]-HAH!

    — -☺ ‏@keithboykin
    NY Port Authority orders American, Delta, JetBLue and United to raise airline wages up to $10.10/hour at JFK and LGA.
    http://www.northjersey.com/news/4_airlines_in_NYC_told_to_raise_workers_wages.html

    – – — -GR8 ECONOMIC POSITIVITY! —“$TEN –TEN” –said MR. PRESIDENT♥]
    MORE L8R :>)

  • rikyrah

    Drip…Drip….Drip….

    slowly, but surely…it’s coming out.

    ………

    How Pressure Mounted for Development in Hoboken
    By PATRICK McGEEHAN and CHARLES V BAGLI
    JAN. 29, 2014

    HOBOKEN, N.J. — Last May 8, a severe rainstorm left the streets of this city flooded once again, causing the mayor, Dawn Zimmer, to recall the inundation from Hurricane Sandy.

    So she dashed off a letter to Gov. Chris Christie, imploring him to help with Hoboken’s “ongoing flooding emergency,” and attached photos of cars in water up to their hoods. She was due to meet the next day with officials of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, when she hoped to talk about protecting Hoboken from the next catastrophic deluge to come.

    But according to newly obtained emails sent among the participants, the first topic of discussion on the agenda was “review of concepts for flood control measures at Rockefeller property,” a reference to a billion-dollar office complex proposed at the north end of town. The developer, the Rockefeller Group, which had long been trying to gain approval from local officials, sent two executives, two lobbyists and an engineer to the meeting

    Mayor Zimmer, through a spokesman, said on Wednesday that she went to the meeting but refused to discuss the project, feeling it was premature to do so.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/30/nyregion/powerful-allies-pushed-a-project-in-new-jersey.html?hp&_r=1

  • MonieTalks

    Such a beautiful tribute to the late Avonte Oquendo by artist LaVan Wright.

    http://nydn.us/1aFXBTL

    • Alma98

      Beautiful

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good MornTin’ MonieTALKs. :>) – –**BIG HUG** :>)
      — – – -LOVELY. — —RIHEP — AMEN♥

      Good2 c U MonieTalks. :>) — -B BLESSED/SAFE/WARM♥- -

    • rikyrah

      this is beautiful

  • jds09

    Good Morning Everybody!

    • Alma98

      Morning jds!

    • rikyrah

      Good MOrning, jds

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ —FOCUS on OUR BELOVED FIRST LADY♥ — –
    — – -Michelle Obama urges donors to write ‘a big, fat check’ for 2014 – – –
    – — — First lady Michelle Obama told Democratic donors in Los Angeles on Wednesday to “write a big, fat check” to help the party win in this year’s elections.

    “There is something all of you can do right now, today, to make a difference. … You can write a check, do you hear me?” Obama told them, according to the White House pool report. “I’m serious, write a big fat check. Write the biggest check you can possibly write.”

    She told the group of donors that they should be as “passionate” and as “hungry” as they were in 2008 and 2012.

    The 2014 midterm elections are “at stake,” Obama said. Democrats are 17 seats away from taking control of the House, she said, but warned that they’re only six seats away from losing the Senate. – –
    THERE IS MORE – — – — Woo! Hoo!♥ – – WE LUV U♥ :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ — —CHA-CHING$$$ :>)

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    [Gotta "bounce" C YA as soon as♥. . . ---B BLESSED♥]

  • TyrenM

    Yesterday, I caught the end of Mr. Ed and saw dudebros darling Gov. Schweitzer (D-Montana) begging for Keystone to be approved. They kill me.

    • Miranda

      wait….wha??? he wants Keystone to be approved? LMAO…buh…but the emoprogs say it will literally destroy the environment as we know it!

      • TyrenM

        Schweitzer: What are you laughing at? Ain’t a damn thang funny. [K] betta have my money.

        • conlakappa

          Radio Girl says he’s totally Big Oil’s boy.

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

        Don’t tell me Edward G. Robinson wasn’t ‘family’. That ain’t all makeup.

        • Alma98

          uh huh.

        • conlakappa

          He was Jewish. Maybe he was Sephardim.

          • AxelFoley

            Or Negroardim.

  • jds09

    Random question….Are satin pillowcases worth it?

    • rikyrah

      I don’t like them

      • conlakappa

        Nor do I. Smooshed hair after feeling like your head is slipping off the pillow all night.

        • rikyrah

          LOL at the slipping off the pillow…you tell the truth…thought it was just me.

    • Alma98

      Hate them.

    • sagittarius

      Hi, jds!

      They are worth it in at least one instance. I do not sleep on cotton pillowcases. A cotton pillowcase damages hair and promotes breakage by absorbing moisture from the hair and drying it out. I ALWAYS sleep with a satin night scarf. However, for those days when there is (ahem) overnight company, satin pillowcases are used so that one can remain alluring without hair damage.

    • AxelFoley

      Don’t know about satin pillowcases, but satin drawls…

      *runs away*

      • Alma98

        LMAO! Get to the lounge now!

        • AxelFoley

          I gave my keys to MsKitty. She owns that suite now.

          • Alma98

            I some more made, here ya go.
            hahahahahahaha

        • edp4bho

          I’m just SMH at Ax.

      • conlakappa

        True story: I’m in the store getting silk boxers for hubby for Valentine’s Day, when a lady who was 75 if she was a day leans in and goes, “ooooh, I like those, those are cute!” My face burns red as I stammer, “uh, um, thanks, ma’am!”

        • Alma98

          LOL

  • lamh36

    Morning POU peeps.

    So had to share this. My lil gay cuz is a big Bey-stan. Whatever Bey does “gives him life”…lol. So I guess somebody said something about that “eat the cake” line in Drunk In Love and he was like what’s the big deal, everybody says it.

    So normally I don’t get into his Bey-stan feeds bit I had to add my 2 cents on this one.

    Because you and i have never actually met Tina Turner. Beyonce not only met her but performed with her and considers her an idol. So the idea that she would be okay with a throw away line the references what was a real experience for said idol (even if it has become sometging to make light of now) is a little in bad taste. It’s really no big deal to me, never met Tina never met Beyonce but i can see the issue. IDK but i don’t imagine Tina Turner being happy how nonchalant people have become with the whole eat the cake reference. Still it’s not big enough of a deal to be hung up on Bey about

  • Tunisia

    PBO moves to bring justice to Americans unfairly incarcerated under racially-biased policies.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/31/us/politics/white-house-seeks-drug-clemency-candidates.html?hpw&rref=us&_r=1

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

      And watch, not one peep from Black media.

      • Kennymack1971

        Not a one.

      • Tunisia

        Nor the CBC

        • Miranda

          You betta believe it. SMH…won’t hear nam sound about it.

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

            And folks, like Ron Fournier, who annually whine about how PBO pardons more turkeys than Black people. Where they at?

        • AxelFoley

          Nor black academia.

        • rikyrah

          UH HUH
          UH HUH

      • rikyrah

        did some tweet Ro-Ro about this?

    • BoomerGal

      HAVE MERCY!! YES!!!

    • Miranda

      I love this administration!

    • jds09

      I remember when Cornell West called out MO saying she should tour the prisons rather than Let’s Move and veterans issues.

      • AxelFoley

        Have we ever seen that coon touring any prisons?

  • conlakappa

    “In the beginning, the time seems to be going slowly, but it moves pretty fast after awhile,” said by my grandmother just now. I called to wish her a Happy 102nd Birthday! She was sharper than she’d been. Whenever she trends to frail, suddenly, she gets a second wind and gets stronger. She just buried her oldest child. Life is funny, innit?

    • Alma98

      Happy Birthday to your grandmama conlakappa!
      102 is definitely a milestone.

      • conlakappa

        Thanks! It tickles her that she has an internet fanbase! Most of my online friends have threatened to steal her/have her as their honorary grandmother. She’s aware of the internet but hasn’t tried to go on it. Learning how to set the VCR was her last big technological hurdle. She’s seen so much, having been around for most of “The American Century.”

        • Alma98

          LOL@”Learning how to set the VCR was her last big technological hurdle.”

          • conlakappa

            I’m serious though! She caught on a lot quicker than the rest of us did and was still setting it in recent times.

            ETA: But we did do FaceTime at the end of summer!

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

      Happy birthday to your grandmother!

    • Miranda

      The oldest among us tend to be the sharpest!

    • MsKitty

      Happy Birthday to your Grandmother

    • sagittarius

      Happy Birthday to your Grandmother! Wow – the changes and innovation she has seen in her lifetime!

      • conlakappa

        Right? We did a timeline when we had her 100th birthday gala. She has seen so much!

    • PBomb

      Sending birthday wishes your Grandmother way!

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

    Rep. Henry Waxman to retire from Congress
    By Richard Simon January 30, 2014, 7:59 a.m.

    WASHINGTON — Rep. Henry A. Waxman, whose legislative record has made him one of the country’s most influential liberal lawmakers for four decades, announced Thursday that he will retire from his Westside seat, the latest in a wave of departures that is remaking the state’s long-stable congressional delegation.

    MORE: http://www.latimes.com/nation/politics/politicsnow/la-pn-henry-waxman-retire-congress-20140130,0,7708869.story#ixzz2rts0B5ef

    • TyrenM

      Yeah, Cali going through changes. It will be interesting to see their replacements. Brown people? Pelosi people? Plus a lot of seniority will be gone…for better or worse.

      • conlakappa

        I wish he’d announced it sooner. I’m curious as to how deep the bench is there. It would be great to have a huge wave of young Asian, black, and Hispanic Ds sweep in from California.

        • jds09

          The bench should be pretty deep. There’s always some pretty talented State Assembly persons waiting for a chance to move up.

  • sagittarius

    Morning, Fam!

    Have a fabulous day!

    • Alma98

      Morning sagi!

      • sagittarius

        Morning, Alma!

  • BoomerGal

    Morning all! Heat wave coming! 24 today and more snow on the way!

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

    The attempts to smear Mayor Zimmer continue…

    New allegations emerge from Zimmer lawsuit

    By David Giambusso/The Star-Ledger
    on January 29, 2014 at 8:32 PM, updated January 30, 2014 at 10:22 AM

    HOBOKEN — Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer threatened to fire Carmelo Garcia, director of the local housing authority, unless he agreed to hire politically connected contractors, a recently filed lawsuit claims.

    …In the lawsuit filed last week in Superior Court in Jersey City, Garcia claims Zimmer pressured him to award contracts to her political allies. When he resisted, Zimmer and her husband, Stanley Grossbard, “began to subject Director Garcia to an unlawful pattern of harassment, threats, intimidation and extortion,” the suit claims.

    According to the lawsuit, Zimmer’s allies on the housing authority board proposed a resolution to terminate Garcia. The motion failed, the lawsuit states.

    …Krovatin questioned why the tapes were released now.

    “There was a suggestion in the NJTV report that Mr. Garcia may have
    released the secret tape at this time as part of an effort by him and
    Sen. Brian Stack, a strong supporter of Governor Christie, to retaliate
    against Mayor Zimmer for coming forward,” Krovatin said.

    MORE: http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/01/zimmer_attorney_suggests_new_allegations_are_orchestrated_by_christie_allies.html

    • conlakappa

      We know NJ pols though. When the question of “why now” came up, I said because she probably had her own people.

    • Miranda

      All hands on deck to help Christie, but unfortunately (or rather fortunately) it won’t work.

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

      From the comment section:

      “Stack hand picked Garcia to be Assemblyman.

      Both Stack and Garcia together crossed party lines to endorse Christie.Union City was given millions from Christy controlled Federal funding

      Both Stack and Garcia have long been political foes of Zimmer.

      Garcia and Zayas in their previous attempt at a lawsuit against Zimmer charged “ethnic cleansing” and the court recently threw it out.”

  • creolechild

    Good morning POU. Isn’t this Mitch McConnell’s stomping grounds?

    Kentucky Hospital Agrees to Pay Government $16.5 Million to Settle Allegations of Unnecessary Cardiac Procedures

    Saint Joseph Health System Inc. has agreed to pay $16.5 million to
    resolve allegations that Saint Joseph Hospital violated the False Claims Act by submitting false claims to the Medicare and Kentucky Medicaid programs for a variety of medically unnecessary cardiac procedures, the Justice Department announced today.

    Saint Joseph Health System operates numerous hospitals statewide, including Saint Joseph Hospital, which is based in London, Ky.[....] The government alleged that doctors working at Saint Joseph Hospital performed numerous invasive cardiac procedures, including coronary stents, pacemakers, coronary artery bypass graft surgeries and diagnostic catheterizations, on Medicare and Medicaid patients who did not need them, and that the hospital was aware of these unnecessary procedures.[....]

    Read more: http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2014/January/14-civ-095.html

    H/T U.S. Department of Justice

  • creolechild

    For-Profit Colleges Face New Wave of State Investigations

    For-profit colleges, bruised by years of investigations and rule-making, may face additional financial pressure from a new wave of state probes by attorneys general and the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

    Education Management Co., the education chain partly owned by Goldman Sachs Group Inc.; Corinthian Colleges Inc.; ITT Educational Services Inc.; and Career Education Corp. have said since Friday that they’ve received demands for information from a network of at least 12 attorneys general.[....]

    Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-01-29/for-profit-colleges-face-new-wave-of-coordinated-state-probes.html

    H/T John Lauerman

    • BoomerGal

      Good!

  • Miranda

    LOL…smh..not sure whether to laugh or cry at this ridiculousness.
    ———————–
    Why the rich are freaking out

    The nation’s wealthiest 1 percent appear to be having a collective meltdown
    By BEN WHITE | 1/30/14 5:02 AM EST

    NEW YORK — The co-founder of one the nation’s oldest venture capital firms fears a possible genocide against the wealthy. Residents of Manhattan’s tony Upper East Side say the progressive mayor didn’t plow their streets as a form of frosty revenge. And the co-founder of Home Depot recently warned the Pope to pipe down about economic inequality.

    The nation’s wealthiest, denizens of the loftiest slice of the 1 percent, appear to be having a collective meltdown.

    Economists, advisers to the wealthy and the wealthy themselves describe a deep-seated anxiety that the national — and even global — mood is turning against the super-rich in ways that ultimately could prove dangerous and hard to control.

    President Barack Obama and the Democrats have pivoted to income inequality ahead of the midterm elections. Pope Francis has strongly warned against the dangers of wealth concentration. And all of this follows the rise of the Occupy movement in 2011 and a bout of bank-bashing populism in the tea party.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/01/wealthy-top-one-percent-economy-finance-102833.html#ixzz2rtwjnM4B

    • MsKitty

      Poor things, facing such hardships. I’ll light a candle for them.

      • conlakappa

        No, let them have their official candle-lighters do that. Hey, if Candy Spelling can have a gift-wrapping room, why wouldn’t the rest of these folks have a page whose specific job was lighting candles?

      • Miranda

        I’m gonna sing old negro spirituals for them.

    • rikyrah

      they are freaking out, because the ‘little people’ are calling them on their bullshyt

  • Miranda

    Watch Phil Griffin bow down to this nitwit.
    —————-
    The RNC Is Boycotting MSNBC Until Its President Apologizes For This Tweet
    BRETT LOGIURATO 4 MINUTES AGO

    Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said Thursday that he will bar any RNC staff from appearing on MSNBC after the network sent out an incendiary tweet about conservatives Wednesday night.

    Priebus said in a memo that no RNC staff or surrogates would appear on the network until MSNBC President Phil Griffin apologized. In the memo, he asked Republican officials and surrogates to follow his lead. Priebus sent a letter to Griffin informing him of his request.

    The tweet suggested that the “rightwing” would “hate” a new Cheerios ad featuring a biracial family:

    Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/rnc-boycotts-msnbc-after-tweet-cheerios-right-wing-2014-1#ixzz2rtzQr4gj

    • conlakappa

      Incendiary? Really? A call for folks burning down the streets and stuff? They out to unbunch their knickers.

  • creolechild

    What do you wanna bet that some of these states don’t have a problem with the over-reach of “big government” right now–when they’re getting a taste of the climate change that they’ve denied exists?

    States Give Poor Emergency Help Heating Their Houses Amid The Polar Vortex

    [....] Dozens of states across the country have declared states of emergency thanks to the propane shortage, and in some cases the declarations are accompanied by significant changes to state rules for protecting low-income residents from the threat of freezing to death.[...] Further south, states from Kansas to Alabama
    have declared propane emergencies, loosening rules governing the transport and sale of the fuel and asking the Obama administration to relax federal rules about how long drivers can be on the road as part of their efforts to ease the shortage.[....]

    The National Energy Assistance Directors’ Association has called on Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to release the almost half a billion dollars in 2014 LIHEAP money that the government has held in reserve. Saying that propane users are facing a 19 percent jump in heating costs, the group’s director Larry Dawson urged Sebelius to act quickly given “the harsh reality that more than half of this brutal winter season has yet to come.”[...]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2014/01/30/3225601/propane-emergency-liheap-polar-vortex/

    H/T Alan Pyke

    • conlakappa

      I remember the mockery on the right and left over LIHEAP. Hmmm.

    • BoomerGal

      No relaxation of ANY federal rules/regulations, especially those truck drivers.

      • sagittarius

        Absolutely co-sign. There was a horrific accident in a Chicago suburb Monday night involving a truck driver who falsified his records… driving more than 14 hours with 3.5 hours rest. Ran into a tollway booth operator and a state trooper on the shoulder of a highway and killed the operator. Trooper is in the hospital in critical condition.

  • Miranda

    This doesn’t speak well of the Pulitzer now does it?

    Jon Meacham Says Lincoln, FDR Never Tried To ‘Rebuild America On An Executive Order’ (VIDEO)
    TOM KLUDT – JANUARY 30, 2014, 8:54 AM EST

    The crew on “Morning Joe” once again turned to Jon Meacham on Thursday to provide an historical context for the show’s steady drumbeat of conventional wisdom, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning author sounded pretty skeptical of President Obama’s pledge to take more executive actions.

    “We make fun of the executive orders and that is in fact something that — you know, you never really heard Lincoln and FDR say, ‘I’m going to rebuild America on an executive order,” Meacham said. “You know, it’s not something that resonates off the tongue.”

    Meacham’s take was somewhat baffling. Franklin Delano Roosevelt issued more executive orders than any president —3,522 to be exact and 1,719 more than the next closest president — including several that helped usher in New Deal programs. And Abraham Lincoln, of course, issued a pretty famous executive order known as the Emancipation Proclamation.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/jon-meacham-executive-order-fdr-lincoln-obama

    • BoomerGal

      Naw Shmoe, you’d prefer he be a lame duck.

    • rikyrah

      He has been so jealous of this President. He’s been a bitchass for quite awhile.
      I guess Lincoln ‘ suspending Habeas Corpus’ wasn’t expressing deep Presidential powers.

    • creolechild

      Do the presstitutes ever bother to research anything before coming out and making ridiculous statements? Never mind…the answer is obvious.

      The American Presidency Project – Executive Orders

      http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/data/orders.php

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

        LMBAO @ “Presstitutes”! I love that!

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

    Cowards.

    MSNBC Tweets About ‘Right Wing’ ‘Hating’ Bi-Racial Couple; Deletes and Apologizes http://www.mediaite.com/tv/msnbc-tweets-about-right-wing-hating-bi-racial-couple-deletes-and-apologizes/

    But it’s not enough for Rank Paynus (from Mediaite):

    “This morning I left a message with MSNBC President Phil Griffin to express my displeasure. I have sent him a letter demanding that he personally, as president of the network, take responsibility and apologize for the disgusting tweet. Until he takes internal corrective action and personally apologizes—not just to the RNC but to all right-of-center Americans—I’m banning all RNC staff from appearing on, associating with, or booking any RNC surrogates on MSNBC.

    As an elected official, strategist, or surrogate, I’m asking for you to agree to the same.”

    • Alma98

      SMH

    • Miranda

      The rethugs say “boo” and these mofos up under the bed before you can blink.

  • creolechild

    This vegetable vending machine is our kind of fast food

    Sure, we all want to eat reasonably priced bowls of vegetables, whole grains, beans, and whatnot, but what if you’re just trying to grab a quick snack at a rest stop or a train station or in between classes? More likely you end up with stale peanut butter crackers from the vending machine.[....] A vending machine neatly solves both problems, he explains. It’s cheap to maintain — electricity costs about $10 a month — quick and easy to use.

    [T]he machine dispenses the salad or snack in a clear plastic jar which can be brought back to the kiosk for the reuse. Saunders eventually hopes to offer recycling incentives to frequent customers. The salad makers layer the ingredients to keep them fresh; salads go on sale ($1 off) in the evenings; the fridges are restocked every 24 hours; and what’s not sold is donated to a homeless shelter. But, most importantly, they look delicious.[....]

    Read more: http://grist.org/list/this-vegetable-vending-machine-is-our-kind-of-fast-food/

    H/T Sarah Laskow

  • creolechild

    Over 100 Lawmakers Urge The Supreme Court To Protect Obamacare’s Birth Control Coverage

    [....] Led by Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (CA), 91 members of the House signed onto a brief arguing that Obamacare’s birth control provision doesn’t represent a violation of religious liberty. They point out that the rule doesn’t require employers to use birth control themselves, and emphasize the widespread societal benefits of providing affordable reproductive health care to U.S. women.[....]

    On the Senate side, led by Sen. Patty Murry (D-WA), 19 Democrats filed a second brief along similar lines. The senators argue that exempting secular, for-profit corporations from the health law’s contraceptive coverage requirement is “inconsistent” with the way that religious freedom has historically been applied in the United States, and would ultimately infringe on the liberty of workers whose beliefs don’t prevent them from using birth control.[....]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/health/2014/01/29/3220681/lawmakers-brief-contraception-coverage/

    H/T Tara Culp-Ressler

  • sagittarius

    So… my youngest nephew wanted to come downstairs and see me. He will be 2 in March… and he is a mess! Smart as all get out!

    His current favorite song is ‘What Does the Fox Say?’, which he wants to listen to on a loop (shoot me now). He is talking and knows how to look on my computer when I have a bunch of windows open to see if I have YouTube minimized. He will point to the YouTube window and tell me ‘fox says’.

    This is in addition to the daily marathon reading sessions. I think he was a preacher in another life. He will grab one of his numerous books, put in my hand and shout ‘READ’.

    He is something!

    • BoomerGal

      Love that ‘reading’! Keep it up!!

    • MsKitty

      Aww, that’s awesome that he’s already a bookworm. A child after my own heart.

      What is it about that “What Does the Fox Say?” video that has got kids transfixed? My nephew is 11 and he would be cool watching it on a continuous loop.

    • rikyrah

      that’s so sweet. keep it up, Auntie sag!!

    • Aquagranny911

      Sweet share! They do get fixated on songs & rhymes at that age. This is really a fun time if you can get past all that repetition. The only way to distract them is to introduce something else.

      You are such a good Tia (Auntie) I have great memories of some of mine. They are long gone but will never be forgotten, at least by me.

    • Alma98

      LOL…Too cute sagi, at least he’ll be an avid reader and smart too boot.

    • Lisa M

      Awesome Auntie!!

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

    So, Michelle Goldberg wrote a piece entitled “Feminism’s Toxic Twitter Wars” which, imo, came across as another white woman whining because Black women push back against their bs. She really threw Mikki Kendell under the bus, and portrayed her as a bully. You can read it here: http://www.thenation.com/article/178140/feminisms-toxic-twitter-wars?page=0%2C0

    So here comes Zerlina Maxwell kissing Miss Ann’s ass in the guise of being peacemaker:

    http://twitter.com/ZerlinaMaxwell/status/428923348316594176

    http://twitter.com/ZerlinaMaxwell/status/428923885099421696

    http://twitter.com/ZerlinaMaxwell/status/428924229074292736

    • MsKitty

      And they can keep on whining. There are no words to do justice to how much I don’t care about their delicate feelings. Take them tears somewhere else because all I’ll do is laugh in your face.

    • Miranda

      Why do I get images of white women on vacation in Jamaica getting their hair braided when I read these kinds of whining white women feminist columns?

      http://media-cdn.tripadvisor.com/media/photo-s/01/0b/f7/2e/getting-my-hair-braided.jpg

      • MsKitty

        Most times that’s a package deal with a side of Jamaican peen.

        I’ll head to the Bad Lounge now. I hope y’all kept the fridge stocked.

        • jds09

          Do I have to go too if I literally laughed out loud? I hope there are some low-cal snacks in there, I’m currently battling my muffin top.

          • Miranda

            Yes you have to go too…there’s plenty of company down there.

          • Aquagranny911

            LOL! No problema! I enjoy the Lounge. It is like a spare casa to me by now.

          • Aquagranny911

            I laughed too so we will all go…Par-Tay! How about a veggie plate with lo-cal, spicy dip plus a real skinny margarita?

        • AxelFoley

          *hands keys over to MsKitty*

          I’ve retired my Bad Lounge suite. It’s yours, boo.

          • Aquagranny911

            HAH! Your “Bad Lounge suite” is not only pass coded with retinal scan but has your name in gold plate on the door.

            I will find MsKitty her own special space!

          • sagittarius

            Hi, AG!

            So… I read your comment real fast and thought it said ‘renal scan’ instead of ‘retinal scan’ and thought to myself – they are doing those now?

          • Aquagranny911

            ROTFLMAO! I do that kind of stuff all the time because I have a mild form of dyslexia that leaves out letters or transposes them. I have to sometimes read things two or three times before I get it right.

          • Lisa M

            I did the same thing. I was wondering how Jamaicans monetized “renal scans”.

        • Aquagranny911

          Trying not to laugh but just name your favorite drinks & snacks. I will be there to provide that plus what videos would you like!

          • MsKitty

            Thanks. I don’t go there often but when I do I make it count LOL.

        • conlakappa

          Sunsplashin’!

    • rikyrah

      As folks would say:
      1. don’t start none
      won’t be none.

      2. Don’t come for Black Twitter unless it sends for you.

      • BoomerGal

        Yes, Kenya Moore!

    • jds09

      I kinda feel for Zerlina, her Negro Wake Up Call is gonna be very harsh. Miss Ann’s ultimate allegience is to the white male power base. The Rape Culture she rails against, its criminal justice response primarily prosecutes men of color.

      • AxelFoley

        I feel nots one bit sorry for anyone who has a Negro Wake Up Call coming to them.

        • BoomerGal

          Not even Oprah???

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

        Judging from her tweets, I don’t think she cares about how Black men are perceived and treated. I think she embraces the myth of the “Black Brute”.

    • itgurl_29

      That “crunk feminist” chick, Brittney Cooper, ought to be ashamed for what she said in that article. And I’m not surprised Zerlina is riding with white feminists. She’s the one who said POTUS was akin to a rapist for telling his friend she was attractive.

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

        Those two aren’t gonna bite the white hand that feeds them.

    • PBomb

      I don’t really give a shit about these whiny ass chicks. And there is some chick in comments section who has a complete personal vendetta against Mikki Kendall. All I would have to say to her, is that “Hit dogs will holler”

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

        Mikki Kendall has had a target on her back ever since her #SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen hash tag took off, and exposed white feminist racism.

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

    Lawyers: NYC agrees to reforms in stop-and-frisk
    Jan. 30, 2014 12:07 PM EST

    NEW YORK (AP) — Lawyers for the plaintiffs in the New York City
    stop-and-frisk court cases say the city and the plaintiffs have reached
    an agreement for a monitor to oversee reforms of the police tactic.

    Lawyers for the Center for Constitutional Rights said Thursday that
    the deal calls for the reforms to take place under a scenario set down
    by a federal judge last year.

    They say the deal calls for a monitor to serve a three-year term. The
    monitor will oversee a process in which those communities most affected by the stop-and-frisk tactics will provide input into reforms. The announcement came shortly after the administration of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio filed court papers seeking to drop and appeal of the judge’s findings.

    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration filed court papers
    Thursday seeking to drop an appeal of a judge’s decision ordering major reforms to the police department’s stop-and-frisk policy.

    MORE: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/new-nyc-mayor-dropping-stop-and-frisk-appeal

    • creolechild

      Maybe I’m now in “one of the moods” that Conlakappa mentioned a few minutes ago so I’m going to just get this ish out and be done with it. First, I’m glad a Dem won the election for the position of mayor in NYC. That said, I’ve always felt that deBlasio’s campaign was a little gimmicky for the way his family was promoted. Not sure there was any other way around it since wife and children are, for the most part, black but I didn’t jump on the bandwagon simply because I want to see whether he fulfills the promises that were made to black/brown New Yorkers, FIRST.

      Now, for all intents and purposes it appears that he’s genuinely concerned about doing things differently. (I had a pretty good idea of who and what Barack Obama was about because of the policies he initiated and/or supported when he was a Illinois senator.) Stop and Frisk is a good start but who thinks he would have won if he hadn’t taken a stand against it? Again, his heart may be in the right place but the side-eye will remain fixed in place until he takes a stand on the following policies which have received less media attention and looks as though they’ll remain intact.

      “Mr. Bratton said he planned to keep some of Mr. Kelly’s programs, including the sprawling counterterrorism unit and
      Operation Crew Cut, an initiative aimed at youth gangs. The
      new commissioner said he planned to roll back others, such as Operation Impact, which floods high-crime areas with rookie police officers. He said he planned to deploy Operation Crew Cut’s few hundred detectives more significantly with the NYPD’s narcotics unit, which has about 1,800 detectives.”

      Source: http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303370904579296930846785414

      Keep in mind that the so-called anti-terrorism unit illegally targeted Muslims and Operation Crew Cut’s focus will be the websites of black/brown young men who live near projects. I have deep reservations about these type of approaches because ONCE AGAIN peoples of color are being separated from the rest of the pack and treated as being the other. Not a good look…

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

        Well said, Creole! I think you raised very good points about de Blasio.

        • creolechild

          As a card-carrying member of the NFTG Club, after seeing folks of all colors and political stripes disrespect PBO in the brazen manner which they have…no one…and I mean…no one gets the benefit of the doubt from me. We can’t afford the luxury of having that type of mindset ever again because the stakes are too high.

          • BoomerGal

            What is NFTG?

  • creolechild

    Remember him?

    #findmike search: London blogger tracks down stranger who saved him

    [....] Jonny Benjamin, 26, was on Waterloo Bridge in January 2008 after being diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder when Neil Laybourn intervened. This month Mr Benjamin started a Twitter campaign using the hashtag #findmike, to trace his Good Samaritan. Mr Laybourn said that when he saw the tweet he knew it referred to him. The pair were reunited on Tuesday.[....]

    “All I remember was standing on the edge of the bridge and this guy just coming up to me out of nowhere. “The pivotal moment for me was when he said ‘you can get through this, you can get better’ because up until that point no-one had said it would get better.” Mr Laybourn said that he offered to take Jonny for a coffee to talk things through but that never happened. Mr Benjamin said: “They [police] took me away and I never got a chance to say thank you to Neil which is why I launched this campaign – we never got a chance to go for that coffee and I’ve just been so grateful to him ever since.”[....]

    Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-25959260

    H/T BBC

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!

  • creolechild

    Hmmm…wonder if this is an end-run to diminish Black Twitter’s influence on social issues. I guess time will tell what the true motives are behind this. POU, what do you think is going on here other than data mining and trying to inflate sales. Am I off-base in giving this the side-eye?

    Twitter Users’ Diversity Becomes an Ad Selling Point – Posted on January 20, 2014

    For most of its rather short life, Twitter Inc.rarely mentioned that its user base is more racially diverse than U.S. Internet users as a whole.[....] Now, as a newly minted public company needing to generate revenue, it is moving to capitalize on its demographics.[....] In November, Twitter hired marketing veteran Nuria Santamaria to a new position as multicultural strategist, leading its effort to target black, Hispanic and Asian-American users.[....]

    Together, those groups account for 41% of Twitter’s 54 million U.S. users, compared with 34% of the users of rival Facebook and 33% of all U.S. Internet users, according to Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project.[....] Marla Skiko, executive vice president and director of digital advertising at Starcom Media-vest Group’s multicultural division, says some advertisers are surprised to learn the demographics of Twitter users.[....]

    Twitter has long been known for its popularity among blacks, giving rise to a cultural phenomenon known as “Black Twitter.” Racially tinged hashtags such as #IfSantaWasBlack and #PaulasBestDishes have risen to the top of Twitter’s trending lists.[....] Genie Lauren, a 29-year-old New Yorker who works in higher education, organized a Twitter protest last July against a book planned by a juror in the George Zimmerman trial.[....]

    Read more: http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304419104579323442346646168

    H/T Yoree Koh

    • MsKitty

      Side-eye is my middle name.

      The last couple of months there seems to have been a quiet low-key effort to shut us up by calling Black Twitter an angry mob, hateful, mean girls, etc. Only they don’t identify Black Twitter by name because they’re too scared.

      Very good reason to be wary.

      • creolechild

        All everything you said, plus the fact that it raises the question: why all this so-called “interest” now? Could it possibly be because they’re unable to put Black Twitter in check AND it’s effective in pushing back against the lies, distortions, and misinformation promoted by the presstititutes? Hmmm….

        • Aquagranny911

          Exactly!

          • creolechild

            I found this piece in the article to be especially hilarious….

            [....] Meredith Clark, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill who is studying “Black Twitter,”[....]

            What in the name of Hades? Is Black Twitter a pathogen or a contagious disease that requires dissection and study like a bug under a microscope. Don’t they have better things to do?

          • Aquagranny911

            Seriously…so many are becoming completely figging NUTS…a clinical term for those consumed by racism & perceived threats to their superiority & privilege.

          • creolechild

            Exactly. Melanin-challenged women in American society can wax poetic all day long about feeling intimidated by blacks–both women and men–but the minute black and brown voices step up and voice their opinions about anything and all of sudden free speech becomes “problematic.”

          • Aquagranny911

            You are so on that! And they want to immediately become the “real victims.” Most never want to just listen to POC experience without playing, denying or saying “you need to get over that.”

            So tired of this! My personal experience is as important & valid as anyone else, especially the Anglo who never felt or hurt like I did sometimes.

          • rikyrah

            THAT which cannot be CONTROLLED must be STUDIED

          • edp4bho

            Tuskegee !!

  • edp4bho

    Listening to Rev Al on radio, celebrating his 8th year in radio, and Cathy Hughes is his guest. She says she’s afraid of being one of the only, dwindling AA media, Rev Al commends her on TVOne’s “Unsung” series. I’m thinking, PBO’s SOTU address was certainly “unsung” on her station, wasn’t it? Damn Hillary supporter ! Major reason I don’t watch that station. Will catch an episode on You-Tube instead.