December 19, 2014

Thursday Open Thread: The Black Madonna & Child (Dedication to Megyn Kelly)

GOOD MORNING POU!!

We continue our series on The Black Madonna and Child….

 

OUR LADY OF ROCAMADOUR
Rocamadour, France

 

From All About Mary:

According to an old legend the statue was carved by St Amator, who is identified with Zacchaeus, the tax collector of Jericho mentioned in Luke 19:1-10. The same legend reports that he was the husband of St Veronica, who wiped Jesus’ face on the way to Calvary, and that they preached the Gospel together in Gaul.

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  • GreenLadyHere

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    • Alma98

      Good morning GLH!
      I finally did my Christmas dinner shopping and I’m ready to go lol. You have a good day (((HUGS))).

      • GreenLadyHere

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        • Alma98

          LOL… I love that gif GLH she’s too cute, blessing to you & the family.

  • GreenLadyHere

    - –Sepia♥ – – – – -REMINDER: — -:>) – – –Woo! Hoo! – – —
    – – – – – ☺http://www.mediaite.com/tv/michelle-obama-to-sharpton-obamacare-benefits-get-lost-in-political-back-and-forth/
    – – – -Michelle Obama to Sharpton: Obamacare Benefits Get Lost in Political ‘Back and Forth’ – – —
    – -☺Michelle Obama will sit for a trio of interviews with urban radio
    stations as part of a coordinated White House blitz intended to promote ObamaCare coverage among mothers and minorities.
    The first lady will be interviewed Wednesday evening by Yolanda Adams, Al Sharpton and Joe Madison, three of the nation’s most popular African American talk radio hosts.

    • TyrenM

      No Fly Jock lol?

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MornTin’ TyrenM :>) —***BIG HUG*** :>) —

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        – —-Good 2 C U TyrenM :>)

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

    • Alma98

      Morning rikyrah :)

  • rikyrah

  • GreenLadyHere
  • rikyrah

    People: ‘I’ve Got 3 Opinionated, Strong, Tall Women’

    Sitting down for their annual interview with PEOPLE, President and Mrs. Obama reflect on the year’s difficulties, both in the political arena and the smaller challenges he encounters at home.

    “I’ve got three opinionated, strong, tall women,” says President Obama. “If they get together, they can have fun about my ears or being too loud, or how I dress.”

    http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20767223,00.html

    • conlakappa

      Only 3? ZOMG, he didn’t mention Grandma Robinson–he hates senior black women!!!

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

        LOL!

      • goldenstar

        Or, she may not gang up on him because he’s her one and only son-in-law.

      • BarbinAtlSouth

        C’mon, comparatively, she’s a munchkin. I’ve recently been wondering why I haven’t seen her much in pictures, but I’m guessing they had to angle the camera up to get PBO, FLOTUS, Malia & Sasha in the image.

  • jds09

    Good Morning POU Fam!

    • Alma98

      Good morning jds!

  • rikyrah

    Washington Post: California is averaging 15,000 Obamacare enrollments each day

    State health exchanges are reporting a surge in enrollment — and consumer interest — as they near a late December deadline to purchase insurance coverage.

    If November had an Obamacare surge, consider this the December deluge. California averaged 15,000 daily enrollments early last week, about double the sign-ups the state had in early December. New York is now seeing about 4,500 residents choosing plans each day and, in Connecticut, the number is hovering around 1,400.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/12/18/california-is-averaging-15000-obamacare-enrollments-each-day/

    • goldenstar

      Now what was Ezra writing about last week? And, this article is from his outlet???

      • conlakappa

        He’s online only. I doubt he’s ever walked into a newsroom in his life.

        • goldenstar

          Thanks for this. I never knew that he was a solo act.

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

        But hold music, tho.

  • rikyrah

    Matt Roush’s Top 10 of 2013
    Dec 18, 2013 07:01 AM ET
    by Matt Roush

    1. Breaking Bad
    What a way to go out — with a bang, on a tragic yet triumphant high, at the peak of popularity and notoriety. What could be more satisfying than that? There wasn’t a wasted moment or unexplored opportunity for suspenseful conflict in the intense last chapters of AMC’s masterful thriller, charting Walter White’s ultimate descent into criminal infamy. Bryan Cranston brilliantly captured the character’s mood swings, from wounded pride to murderous rage to sorrow over the family he lost due to his dark machinations. No maddening ambiguities in this grand finale.

    2. The Good Wife
    Forget “good.” In its fifth season, CBS’s (and network TV’s) classiest and most entertaining drama has returned to greatness with an audacious act of reinvention, turning former partners — and lovers — into mortal enemies following Alicia’s (Julianna Margulies) split to start her own law firm. Everything is now ­beyond personal in this dangerously exciting, unpredictable new scenario. Even better, the show has lost none of its smart sex appeal and continues to tell some of the most gripping ­legal stories anywhere. Bravo.

    http://www.tvguide.com/News/Matt-Roushs-10-1074816.aspx

    • TyrenM

      While I like 4 shows on his list, no Scandal reference except to throw shade – skip him. Next.

      • conlakappa

        It’s a rag that I have always considered as white = right.

        • 7thangel

          i remember them downplaying the importance of the cosby show for stuff like friends.

    • MsKitty

      I’m halfway through Broadchurch now. Typically I’m the type that doesn’t mind seeing show spoilers, but it’s so good and so suspenseful that I’m really hoping I don’t get spoiled before I finish.

      The Americans was pretty good too. I hope they can pull Margo Martindale off that crappy sitcom of hers to come back for a few episodes. She’s the business.

      • rikyrah

        I love Broadchurch. Totally shocked by how much I liked it.

        • BarbinAtlSouth

          I’m a fan of David Tennant – so I had high hopes.

        • itgurl_29

          I’d heard about the show being a hit as it was airing in UK. And then when it came on BBC America, I was hooked withing the first 10 minutes. After that, I found it online and just devoured it.

      • BarbinAtlSouth

        Loved Broadchurch!

        • MsKitty

          You know it’s gonna be a mess. First off, how you gonna stretch an 8-episode show into a 20+ that’s typical US season? And more often than not UK remakes are dumbed down because the networks think we are too slow to pick up on nuances and clever plot twists.

          I can’t even think of the last US remake of a UK show that was good past All in the Family and Sanford and Son.

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

          Hmm….now Imma hafta check out Broadchurch.

      • itgurl_29

        Oh, Broadchurch is my show! I watched it all in two days. It’s awesome.

  • rikyrah

    NBC: Patients pour on to successful state insurance exchanges

    People are flocking to the more successful state health insurance exchanges in the final days before a late-December deadline, exchange directors said Wednesday.

    So many people are calling in for help that states have had to beef up call center staffing, and insurers have agreed to let deadlines slide a bit so that as many people as possible can get coverage starting Jan 1.

    http://www.nbcnews.com/health/patients-pour-successful-state-insurance-exchanges-2D11770338

  • rikyrah

    Steve Benen: Dems’ sweep in Virginia now complete

    The recount in Virginia’s remarkably close race for state attorney general wasn’t quite complete, but the writing was on the wall. Rather than push the contest into the hands of state lawmakers or into the courts, the Republican decided to bow out.

    …. Democrats have won all three statewide races in Virginia for the first time since 1989. What’s more, this is the first time in four decades that Virginia will have a Democratic governor, Democratic lieutenant governor, Democratic attorney general, and two Democratic U.S. senators.

    http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/dems-sweep-virginia-now-complete

    • Town

      Obenshade wasn’t going anywhere by contesting the election and he knew it. The State Board of Elections is run by Republicans and all of the election boards in every single county and city is run by Republicans. Was he seriously going to say that the Republicans who were running the election rigged it for the Democrats? Sir, go back to Harrisonburg (where you lost) and have a seat. You tried it, though.

  • rikyrah

    DonnaDem over at TOD is a new grandma to twins!

    https://twitter.com/NoShock/status/413635832306606080/photo/1

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good Morntin’ rikyrah. **BIG HUG** – -:>)
      —-☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltjT25GyXTM

      Sooo ADORABLE. :>) – –BLESS ALL♥ – – -:>)

      –Good 2 C U. :>)

    • itgurl_29

      They are too cute!

    • Alma98

      Awww cuties, congrats to her, they look like they’re not too happy being outside the womb lol.

  • GreenLadyHere

    GOOD THURSDAY MORNTIN’ – -Sepia♥/POU FAM♥ – –***BIG HUG*** :>) –The STORY of THIS MADONNA is Soo THEOLOGICALLY Endearing. :>) Had NO IDEA of THIS. GOTTA SHARE on Sunday. :>)
    – – -Sepia♥ – – -THANK U 4 THIS POWERFUL SERIES. Have LEARNED sooo MUCH> :>) BLESS U♥ – —

    – — – -ENJOY your TREAT. [Brrr. . . :>)] – – -B BLESSED 2-DAY♥ – –

    – – –☻2:30 PM Michelle Obama visits Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥ – – – -FOCUS on OUR BELOVED FIRST LADY♥ – —
    – —☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q33MM5JGzGM :>)

    – – –☺SiriusXM’s Joe Madison Interviews First Lady Michelle Obama and – Woo! Hoo!

  • itgurl_29

    I don’t know if I’m late, but y’all seen this mess with Obama’s half-brother, the one that’s a sellout, writing another book to try to cash in?

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2526243/Drunken-beatings-threats-knife-Obamas-half-brother-writes-book-horrors-living-presidents-absent-father-Kenya.html

    See, this is why POTUS does not claim him. He peeped this fool from the jump.

    http://i41.tinypic.com/2376a9.jpg

    • PBomb

      Yep I just read about this. I love how he has a index of corrections to PBO’s book. It is well known that PBO’s book is a composite of characters and events, so details aren’t exact.

      No1Curr about PBO’s reject brother.

      • jds09

        That index is a love letter to the RWNJs. He’ll be on a speaking tour soon. smh

      • BarbinAtlSouth

        I read the PBO biography David Maraniss (?) wrote and it wasn’t bad. Apparently Sr. was a difficult man – to me it seemed like he was a difficult man because he wouldn’t play the necessary games to move up (and he drank like a fish). But he took care of his family and was generous when he had it to give (and sometimes when he didn’t). Not so great with women though.

        Maraniss also said that this one’s mother was bitter and angry (how I read it) and didn’t really want the children of Sr. to mix. I’m guessing he absorbed all that and decided to make a dollar. But Joe Blow can’t sell books talking about his journey through life, he had to make sure he had something to tie it to so that people would stop to look at it, let alone pay for it.

    • Miranda

      The book recounts Ndesandjo’s first encounter with Obama, who was visiting Kenya in 1988. They did not hit it off.
      Barack thought I was too white and I thought he was too black,’ Ndesandjo said. ‘He was an American searching for his African roots.
      ‘I was a Kenyan, I’m an American but I was living in Kenya, searching for my white roots.’

      ———————-
      I would have LOVED to have seen their first introduction to each other. I can only imagine the look PBO gave him after just a little bit of conversation.

      • rikyrah

        that statement doesn’t make sense to me.
        ” Barack thought I was too White and I thought he was too Black.”
        strange line

      • itgurl_29

        I think he means culturally. At least that’s how I took it from PBO’s book. He seemed all enamored with America and how cold the white man’s ice water is as compared to Kenya.

        • rikyrah

          oh…..
          thanks for this itgurl.
          makes sense now.

          • itgurl_29

            Now I’m watching this interview of Auma Obama, who also wrote a book about her family. But the difference between her and that Mark character is astounding. You can feel that she has a genuine relationship with her brother and that Mark barely knows him.

            And I love her she and Maya roll the “r” in his name. So beautiful.

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

          Maybe he’s also related to Don Lemon?

          • goldenstar

            LOL! He kinda looks like him, too.

          • itgurl_29

            I’m watching an interview of him now. I don’t like this dude at all. He is really trying to ride PBO’s coat tails. This dude didn’t even go by his proper last name until his half-brother came on the scene. SMH. And he just said he visited his Kenyan grandmother for the first time in 30 years. SMH. How you live in Kenya and you don’t even visit you grandmother.

            He is very shady. He tries so hard to claim the Obama legacy, as if he’s doing big things like his brother. I don’t like his ass so I can see why PBO doesn’t claim him. He’s an opportunist. Now this is who Mama Joyce needs to be going after!

          • Miranda

            See_____________________

          • Daltex82

            ~~snicker~~

    • gn

      Absolutely no one had better doubt PBO’s racial authenticity now: he has the requisite shady ass boughetto relative. This man is a fool.

      • conlakappa

        So wrong, play-cousin, so wrong.

        • gn

          lol, there’s always at least one in every family.

          • conlakappa

            Um, I think you saw my comment recently about my real cousins, around whom purses cannot be trusted at weddings or funerals.

          • gn

            Hahaha this guy carries on that fine tradition. He just did the beltway politico-media equivalent of coming to the bbq stuck up + empty-handed and leaving with bags of food, unopened sodas, half the cake including the box…

          • malletgirl02

            lol

      • Miranda

        ROFLMAO!!!!!!!

  • rikyrah

    African-American Woman To Run Humorous ‘Harvard Lampoon’ Magazine
    December 18, 201310:41 AM

    The humor magazine The Harvard Lampoon was founded in 1876, but for the first time, an African-American woman will run things. Host Michel Martin talks with President-elect Alexis Wilkinson and Vice President-elect Eleanor Parker about their plans for the magazine.

    http://www.npr.org/2013/12/18/255223367/african-american-woman-to-run-humorous-harvard-lampoon-magazine

  • GreenLadyHere

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    Huge enrollment numbers for Obamacare:
    CA: 15,000 sign-ups daily
    NY: 4,500 daily
    CT: 1,400 daily
    KY: 3,000 daily

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/12/18/california-is-averaging-15000-obamacare-enrollments-each-day/
    Retweeted by Nerdy Wonka
    View summary

    — –☺@petesouza
    Pres Obama gestures during mtg w Gene Sperling and Treasury Secr Jack Lew today pic.twitter.com/6mtIxELOFh
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    – –☺@NerdyWonka
    As Dec. 23rd (1st deadline) approaches, 436K people have flooded state exchanges to get #GetCovered under #ObamaCare http://www.nbcnews.com/health/patients-pour-successful-state-insurance-exchanges-2D11770338
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  • lamh36

    Good morning POU.

    I got an email setting up a preliminary phone interview with the job I applied for in NOLA. As I said, I’m OK with my current job, but with my mom’s health stuff even 1 hour way in BR being in NOLA so I could help her get to doctors appt and ER (of which ages gone alot, she’s been in and out hospital all the time. With her heart condition whenever she gets shortness of breath or tightness they 9 out of 10 admit her). My sister is there and her siblings are there, but she doesn’t call me the General for nothing, cause I’m the one who doesn’t take her lip…lol.

    Still I’m not hard up for a job. The current one I have is ok, but it is frustrating and i can already tell that I kinda don’t see myself staying here. Still, I’m employed and I make good money and aside from the whole private Catholic hospital environment (yall who’ve work at a place like this will know what I mean) my main incentive is gonna bbe is it a job in my l an field (yes) & will I make more money (IDK, well see).

    Ok so how do I play the phone interview. Should I ask about pay rate or wait for in person interview and of I do want to mention pay how do u do it diplomatically?

    • rikyrah

      I always do pay in person, unless they ask you about it in the phone interview, then you gotta be honest and stick to what you want, especially since you said this place likes to lowball. Be persistent.

    • goldenstar

      Hi lamh36,

      I recommend this piece by Liz Ryan on How To Bring Up Salary on a Job Interview: http://goo.gl/OrpNPj

      She has a site Human Workplace which is a goldmine for all of us: Job Seekers, HR professionals. And, it’s free. She also writes LinkedIn posts among other outlets. So, this article is specific but I think that you will like all of it. You’re her kinda woman.

    • BarbinAtlSouth

      I have no advice – but I send you positive energy and best wishes!

  • rikyrah

    Lupita Nyong’o in “12 Years a Slave”

    December 17, 2013, 6:25 AM|Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nominee Lupita Nyong’o got the part of Patsey in the critically-acclaimed film “12 Years a Slave” just after graduating from the Masters Program at Yale Drama School. Nyong’o joins the “CBS This Morning” co-hosts to discuss the emotional film and her inspiration.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/lupita-nyongo-in-12-years-a-slave/

  • BarbinAtlSouth

    Good Morning POU fam.

  • Miranda

    *sigh*

    Anyone surprised at that “TMZ poll” result?

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

      Nope.

      I wonder what TMZ’s Black employees say about this?

    • Tafr

      Well if white folks want to go there so be it. I hope they signed up for Obamacare.

    • Alma98

      This quote right here from another idiot just makes me itch all over. It’s taken from the link in POU’s TL.

      By contrast, on the hip-hop site hiphopdx.com, Danielle Harling quoted Compton rapper YG, who has a hit single using the word. “If the people using that word as a word to like uplift they friend or like say ‘that’s my homie, that’s my friend,’ I feel like it’s love. Because they ain’t using it in a disrespectful way.”

      • gn

        That may be how he uses it but the word’s meaning has not changed; all this is doing is enabling a racism permissive culture. Just no point or purpose to it. Figure out a new word to call friends already. This drives me crazy; my eldest brother used to use the same illogic.

        • Alma98

          Exactly gn, it’s time to let it go.

        • itgurl_29

          Thank you. I’ve been saying this forever. Yes, the way you say it may have a different meaning, but you are not taking the power out of that word by appropriating it. Because the same folks who say it all day long are still ready to fight if a white person says it. You can’t take the power out of it and we need to stop saying.

          • gn

            Exactly!

        • Miranda

          Figure out a new word to call friends already.

          Or he could go REALLY radical and just call a friend a……………..friend.

          • conlakappa

            Now you’re just being militant and difficult!

      • rikyrah

        some of our people are so fucking lost.
        How the fuck are you trying to find some ‘positive meaning’ in a word rooted in evil, racism, disrespect and the intentional spiritual genocide of your people?

        • Alma98

          Tell it rikyrah!

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

    I bet he didn’t defend RoRo when CNN suspended him for those tweet about Beckham.

    @Mediaite: “CNN’s Don Lemon Tells Piers Duck Dynasty Star Shouldn’t Be Fired: ‘The Marketplace Should Decide’” http://t.co/OZHvqT4BBL

    • Alma98

      He knows damn well if they saw him walking in their hood they’d probably beat his ass. He’s in full on coon mode now, smh.

      • conlakappa

        Excuser of all white bad behavior.

    • 7thangel

      now gay folk know how he rolls.

      one day, he may finally throw white straight men under the bus…

      …lol, yeah right

  • Miranda

    Maybe its just me, but I get the feeling Walmart is behind this.

    Target confirms massive credit, debit card data breach

    Target shoppers have been victims of a stunning theft of information on their credit and debit card accounts in recent days.

    The giant retailer said Thursday about 40 million credit and debit card accounts may have been impacted in U.S. stores between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15, 2013.

    “Target alerted authorities and financial institutions immediately after it was made aware of the unauthorized access, and is putting all appropriate resources behind these efforts,” the chain said in a statement. “Among other actions, Target is partnering with a leading third-party forensics firm to conduct a thorough investigation of the incident.”

    more here: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/target-confirms-massive-credit-debit-card-data-breach/

    • JB20005

      I wonder which friend of Greenwald was behind this one.

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

    Let me find out the BeyHive is behind this….

    @MarketWatch: Target’s card breach delivers a rude Christmas surprise http://t.co/rUGkT4lotP

    • goldenstar

      Wow, never thought about that angle.

    • MsKitty

      You do everything on your end to protect yourself and in the end it doesn’t matter anyway. Just last week I got a letter from my health insurance saying some their laptops with personal information were stolen, so be on alert. And now I have this mess to deal with, since I was one of the lucky 40 million.

      I dunno it might be time to go old school and start making purchases in cash again.

      • Alma98

        I believe there’s more to it MsKitty. Because every time info is stolen they say it was on a laptop. That’s the same excuse all these companies give. Something shady is going on, I just know it.

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

        I got the same letter. Mind you, they claimed it happened in Nov, but you’re just not telling your policy holders? C’mon son!

    • itgurl_29

      They are complete nut jobs. I would not be surprised.

    • isonprize

      LOLOLOL

  • Miranda

    Dear GOP….guess its back to IRS scandal? Benghazi still? oh what the heck, just ratchet up more on the war on Christmas for a while..that’ll work.

    REPORT: Top Newspapers Shift Discussion On Obamacare From Political Debate To Benefits And Enrollment
    Research 58 minutes ago ››› ROB SAVILLO

    America’s top newspapers focused their coverage of health care reform on its political implications while largely ignoring its real-world impact in the week before the health care exchanges opened. Those papers have since shifted their focus, with most articles highlighting benefits under the law and enrollment in the exchanges in the week after the Obama administration relaunched the Healthcare.gov website.

    more here: http://mediamatters.org/research/2013/12/19/report-top-newspapers-shift-discussion-on-obama/197347

  • Alma98

    Good morning everyone.

  • Miranda

    Yes…make the lil 6 and 7 yr olds sweep the floors, perhaps wash some dishes….clean the bathrooms too! The lil freeloaders shouldn’t get a free ride…or rather free meal…..smh
    ——————————-
    Georgia lawmaker: Force poor kids to ‘sweep the floors’ to get school lunches
    By David Edwards
    Wednesday, December 18, 2013 16:26 EST

    A Republican congressman from Georgia who is hoping to be party’s next Senate nominee said over the weekend that poor children should have to pay or sweep floors if they wanted to eat school lunches.

    “I’m on the Agriculture Committee, we have jurisdiction over the school lunch,” Rep. Jack Kingston explained to the Jackson County Republican Party in a clip obtained by The Huffington Post’s Amanda Terkel. “School lunch program is very expensive.”

    “But one of the things I’ve talked to the secretary of agriculture about: Why don’t you have the kids pay a dime, pay a nickel to instill in them that there is, in fact, no such thing as a free lunch?” he suggested. “Or maybe sweep the floor of the cafeteria — and yes, I understand that that would be an administrative problem, and I understand that it would probably lose you money.”

    “But think what we would gain as a society in getting people — getting the myth out of their head that there is such a thing as a free lunch,” Kingston added.

    more here: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/12/18/georgia-lawmaker-force-poor-kids-to-sweep-the-floors-to-get-school-lunches/

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      Do they have a pool going on who can say the meanest thing or are they just like this?

    • Alma98

      Another quote from another stain on humanity smgdh.
      I’ve shaken my head so hard this week alone I have whiplash.

    • MsKitty

      I could be wrong but wasn’t he the congresscritter who was complaining a few years ago that Nancy Pelosi was making them stay in Washington working for too many days?

      • Miranda

        why yes…yes he is that very same fool!

        Regarding the extension of the House work week from 3 days to 5 in 2006, Kingston commented: “Keeping us up here eats away at families. Marriages suffer. The Democrats could care less about families – that’s what this says.” He added: “Time away from Washington is just as important to being an effective member of Congress as time spent in the Capitol. When I’m here, people call me Mr. Congressman. When I’m home, people call me ‘Jack, you stupid SOB, why did you vote that way?’ It keeps me grounded.”

        http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/12/05/AR2006120501342_pf.html

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

          Oh, the irony!

    • gn

      What is with RWNJs and child labor…like Woody said, they just delight in being horrible.

    • rikyrah

      These are some straight up evil ass muthafuckas.

    • Kennymack1971

      Asshole. And you know exactly whose kids he’s talking about.

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

        EXACTLY! But the reality is that there are more poor white kids than Black kids.

        • edp4bho

          I’d actually love to see a bunch of poor white kids sweeping floors for their meals-just long enough to send the right message to smack these bastards upside the head with their own brand of bigotry, if that’s what it takes. Of course, I don’t want this for any kid. All are precious to me.

    • JB20005

      Because everyone knows that kids are responsible for the socioeconomic status of their parents.

    • conlakappa

      The same Jack Kingston who said that working the full week in the House would be hard on families? You know, when Speaker Pelosi increased the work week to look something like what the rest of us are working? He’s a freeloader but has now graciously linked his name to cutting food stamps at an atrocious rate. Please proceed, congressman.

  • Miranda

    This is hilarious.

    Kanye West the ‘Puppet Master’ Behind Kardashian Christmas Card?

    http://esg6rzdhdg9i115s.zippykid.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/kards-xmas-12113sp.jpg

    Kanye West was reportedly responsible for this year’s bizarre family Christmas card from his soon-to-be in-laws, the Kardashians.

    The rapper, who has six-month-old daughter North with his fiancé Kim Kardashian, wanted creative control of the family’s annual photoshoot, and was reportedly the brainpower behind the casino-themed staging.

    ”It turns out that Kanye was the puppet master behind the photo shoot,” a source told RadarOnline.com, “as he provided art direction, sketches, and costume and make-up ideas.”

    As previously reported, Kanye apparently tried to persuade esteemed fashion photographers Annie Leibovitz and Mario Testino for the shoot, but when they turned it down over budget issues David LaChapelle stepped in.

    An insider added: ”Annie tried to play hardball with Kanye over the money, but the production had to stick to their budget. Ultimately, Annie and Kanye fell out of negotiations.

    ”Mario Testino laughed it off as a total nightmare assignment. But that happens to be David LaChapelle’s specialty, so he wound up with the gig. David was, at best, the third choice and one dictated more by budget than Kanye’s much-vaunted ‘vision’.”
    http://www.eurweb.com/2013/12/kanye-west-the-puppet-master-behind-kardashian-christmas-card/#more-409603

    • gn

      Way too much time on their hands.

    • gn

      Way too much time on their hands.

    • Town

      TRANSLATION: NO1UNNASTAN OUR CHRISTMAS CARD SO WE WILL BLAME THE BIZARENESS ON KANYE.

    • isonprize

      That’s just tacky. But then, this IS the Kardashians.

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

      Pissing off Annie Leibovitz and Mario Testino won’t get Kim the cover of Vogue.

    • edp4bho

      I thought Christmas was all about Christ? Was I mistaken?

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥ —GR8 NEWS!! — -JUSTICE –on Da MOVE!! – –

    — -Renisha McBride shooter will face murder trial- – –
    – — – -A Detroit-area man who admits shooting a young, drunk woman on his porch will stand trial for second-degree murder.

    Judge David Turfe (TUR’-fee) found enough evidence to send Theodore Wafer to trial after vigorous arguments from lawyers Thursday about the 54-year-old’s intent and Michigan’s self-defense law.

    Wafer shot 19-year-old Renisha McBride in the face in the early hours of Nov. 2. He fired through a screen door at his Dearborn Heights home.
    The judge says he made a “bad choice.”

    Wafer’s attorneys say he feared for his life and should be shielded
    by a self-defense law. Prosecutor Danielle Hagaman-Clark says it’s “ridiculous” that Wafer was afraid but still opened his door instead of calling the police.
    - –
    THERE IS MORE—- –C’MON –JUSTICE!! :>)

    — -JUSTICE 4 Miss RENISHA♥—AMEN. – –DI
    My Sista-in Detroit says –people R –BEYOND HAPPY. :>)

  • gn

    Good; Zimmerman’s account is suspended. His publicity tour is to me an unbelievable act of cruelty towards Trayvon’s family, and at Christmas too. This is seriously one of the worst people in the country; really awful person, lower than a sewer rat.

  • gn

    So ironic:

    @allanbrauer
    Yes, let’s have private businesses retain that metadata that we don’t trust the government with. What could go wrong? http://www.cbsnews.com/news/target-customers-hit-in-major-credit-card-security-breach/

    • gn

      Wow:

      ‏@Smartypants60
      What say you Snowdenistas? => Data brokers selling lists of rape victims, AIDS patients http://cnnmon.ie/IWiMnM

    • JB20005

      I really wonder which group of “principled hacktivists” is behind this latest theft.

      • gn

        Well gee one might even suspect that this is just plain old stealing…blaspheme we know.

  • gn

    @HawaiiShira
    Rand Paul & his pappy have collectively lived on the federal govt teat for decades & he has the gall to call unemployed benefits dependency!

    • isonprize

      THIS. ALL.DAY.LONG.

    • rikyrah

      with his self-certified self

      what BLACK person could self-certify and be taken seriously.

      • Miranda

        Don’t they put people in jail everyday for claiming to have credentials they don’t have?

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

      BOOM!

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥ — -GOOD On HER♥ —:>)
    – —Robin Roberts Re-Ups with ABC News- – – :>)

    —-*Robin Roberts just signed a new deal with ABC News to keep her the co-anchor of “Good Morning America.”

    TVNewser reported earlier this month that Roberts was close to signing a deal with the network. The veteran journalist joined the show in 1995 as a feature reporter while also working for ESPN. She later became “GMA’s” newsreader and in 2005 was named co-anchor, alongside Diane Sawyer.

    An insider with knowledge of the deal tells TVNewser Roberts will be making in the high seven figures and that the negotiation was very amicable.

    “Everybody had the same goal which was to do a fair deal with Robin who has been part of the company for over 20 years and will be for many years more,” says the insider.

    Roberts spent much of 2013 recovering from bone marrow transplant surgery she underwent in Sept. 2012. She returned to the show a few days a week in February, and returned fulltime in September. In between she got a standing ovation at the Espy awards, and just yesterday met Pope Francis.
    THERE IS MORE – — — —
    — —BLESS U♥ with MUCH SUCCESS. :>) AMEN♥

  • gn

    @HonestToddler
    Strangers: stop saying you want to “eat my cheeks.” Keep those cannibal thoughts to yourself.

    • Alma98

      Cute lolololololololol.

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

    Imma need for white folks to stop using MLK and other Black heroes to justify their racist, ignorant bs!

    Fox News guest: Anti-LGBT rant makes Duck Dynasty star like Martin Luther King Jr.
    By David Edwards
    Thursday, December 19, 2013 12:01 EST

    …“In 1958, a young boy wrote a preacher a letter, saying that he was
    struggling with homosexuality,” Slater said. “And this preacher wrote
    back, ‘Son, don’t worry, there’s a solution to your problem.’ That
    preacher was Martin Luther King Jr.”

    “I guarantee you that Martin Luther King Jr. loves that boy just like
    Robertson [family],” he added. “The point is the Robertson family loves
    everyone, that’s the point here.”

    MORE: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/12/19/fox-news-guest-anti-lgbt-rant-makes-duck-dynasty-star-like-martin-luther-king-jr/

    • rikyrah

      UH HUH

    • gn

      Oh heck no—leave us entirely out of it. We seriously need a Godwin’s law for slavery and Jim Crow.

    • Miranda

      These are some empty souled zombies for real.

      Ya know, I think the liberal radio host they quoted has been the ONLY one to point out hey…he always said some foul stuff bout black people..remember??
      ————————-
      Liberal radio host Richard Fowler, however, found the comparison to be outrageous.

      “That stretches just way too far, that is a total straw man,” Fowler insisted. “Beyond that, this GQinterview was loaded with hatred. It’s not only his talk about homosexuality, but he goes on to talk about how African-Americans were doing pretty well during Jim Crow.

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

        It’s amazing how everyone ignores that comment. I bet if he didn’t mention gay people, he wouldn’t have been suspended.

        • gn

          I keep saying, the civil rights movement has been completely cannibalized. Allowing others to freely co-opt civil rights heritage, legacy, imagery, and moral authority was one of the bigger strategic blunders of this generation in terms of black leadership dropping the ball on black issues. Civil rights no longer means black people, which is something that the far right has dreamed of for decades. Bad mistake.

          • edp4bho

            “Bad mistake.”

            Sums it up for me, gn.

    • qosine

      That Duck guy was vulgar and hateful.
      How dare they MLK, Jr.

      • Aquagranny911

        I am so SICK of so called “Reality TV!”

        The cheap networks don’t want to pay writers to actually create some decent shows & the cable providers actually charge us for dreck like this. We need to boycott the channels & their sponsors.

  • gn

    @AVD911
    Obama has freed Clarence Aaron http://blog.sfgate.com/djsaunders/2013/12/19/obama-has-freed-clarence-aaron/

    http://blog.sfgate.com/djsaunders/wp-content/blogs.dir/2248/files/2013/12/clarence_aaron_282x368-150×150.jpg

    President Obama has commuted the sentence of Clarence Aaron, a first-time nonviolent drug offender sentenced to life without parole. Attorney Margaret Love sent me a copy of the warrant this morning. Apparently the president also commuted the sentences of Stephanie George, Ezell Gilbert, and Reynolds Wintersmith. Here’s the FAMM statement on the news.

    Aaron Martin, Clarence’s cousin, called to tell me this is “the best Christmas ever.” Martin is grateful that his son will see Clarence as a free man.

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

      OH SNAP!!! PBO and the DOJ have been working on this for a while, but watch Ron Fournier and the rest of the Emo, Blackademic and Sole Patrol blogosphere take credit.

      • gn

        Yup, like clockwork. IMO absolutely no one forces PBO to do a thing. I don’t agree with every single decisions of his, but those decisions are *his.* On such a joyous day, no doubt but that there are going to be sour people scrambling to make sure that PBO doesn’t get credit for this wonderful act of benevolence.

    • Miranda

      I was reading some of the comments and apparently the journo is the resident emoprog for the newspaper. Many of the commenters are the typical hate-filled libertarian nuts. I clicked on Clarence Aaron’s name in the first sentence and it took me to this – can’t view the column but I think the title alone says it all:

      http://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/saunders/article/Forget-Trayvon-Martin-Obama-could-have-been-4680446.php

      • gn

        What in the entire f-??? Emos always always always have to cannibalize black movements and heroes (because Trayvon is a hero to me for refusing to lead a child murderer to a home only containing a 12 year old). Why are these advocates so freaking toxic all the time?

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

        This sorry ass bitch right chere.

      • MsKitty

        He needs to be slapped for that.

    • Alma98

      The commenters are classic emos. Nothing is ever good enough for them they always have to get a dig in at PBO.

      • gn

        I hadn’t even read the comments—you know what, let me find a less toxic link. Don’t even want to give that bs an audience.

  • crazycanuck

    Just came back from the clinic, got a doctor who was mumbling had to constantly tell him to speak up. Anyhoo. Dr. Alma was right, it’s bursitis,he also told me I could have an allergy to the mercury in the drug.

    • goldenstar

      Great that you now have a diagnosis. Just be careful painting with it!

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good MornTin’ crazy canuck. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

      Happy that U FINALLY got an “answer.” :>)
      — Mercury?? —Di-int know that it was in the injection.
      Hmmm. . .

      – –THESE R 4U: —☺http://us.123rf.com/400wm/400/400/ivonnewierink/ivonnewierink0910/ivonnewierink091000026/5659939-colorful-bouquet-of-flowers-in-green-vase.jpg
      2 CHEER U♥ — – – -Have a good day. :>) — B BLESSED♥

    • Alma98

      LOL…I’m glad it’s not too serious cc. I have had bursitis off and on and it can be painful.

    • rikyrah

      Good…diagnosis is the first step

    • qosine

      I am so glad you have a diagnosis now.

  • gn

    @dccc
    “If November had an Obamacare surge, consider this the December deluge.” – Washington Post: http://dems.me/1i4zpwg

  • gn

    I really love the pictures posted by this account:

    @GoogleEarthPics
    Venice at Night, Italy #EarthPics pic.twitter.com/GfzW2678vc

    • crazycanuck

      My sister has been to Venice, she love it

    • rikyrah

      On my bucket list

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

    BOOM!

    Obama to Commute Sentences for 8 in Crack Cocaine Cases
    By CHARLIE SAVAGE
    Published: December 19, 2013

    WASHINGTON — President Obama, expanding his push to curtail severe penalties for drug offenses, is expected on Thursday to commute the sentences of eight federal inmates who were convicted of crack cocaine offenses. Each inmate has been imprisoned for at least 15 years, and six were sentenced to life in prison.

    It would be the first time retroactive relief was provided to a group of
    inmates who most likely would have received significantly shorter terms if they had been sentenced under current drug laws, sentencing rules and charging policies.

    Most of the eight would be released in 120 days.

    MORE: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/20/us/obama-commuting-sentences-in-crack-cocaine-cases.html

    • Miranda

      Will we be hearing from the sole patrol?? Any positive reaction whatsoever?

      oh probably not.

  • rikyrah

    FLOTUS ON REV. AL RIGHT NOW!!

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

      Tavis weeps.

  • crazycanuck

    Brian Boitano just came out as gay, like we didn’t know already lol

    • rikyrah

      LOL

    • MsKitty

      Worst. Kept. Secret. Ever.

      Reminding me of when Bob Harper came out on The Biggest Loser a few weeks ago. I was like dude, we probably knew before you did. But better late than never I suppose.

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

      And in today’s “No Shit, Sherlock!” headlines…LOL

    • goldenstar

      Maybe he wanted to join the club since he’s part of the US delegation to the Olympics.

    • GreenLadyHere

      crazycanuck – –Don’t usually comment on this —BUT—
      —☺http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120702011305/glee/images/6/6a/Really_seriously_WHAT.gif

      —☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=giD21VcbK9E
      – — —- —— —His -SIGNATURE –“Tano Lutz Jump” —

      – —-***ON MY WAY*** – –> :>)

      • Aquagranny911

        All is forgiven! That young man can skate!

        • BarbinAtlSouth

          He can cook too. I caught a show of his on FoodTV. It was okay, but backing away from cooking shows.

          I always find myself snacking when I watch.

          • Aquagranny911

            I saw that! He was funny too. I know what you mean about watching those shows. I enjoy them but they always make me want to eat even if I have just had a meal. Somehow other peoples cooking always makes me hungry!

          • crazycanuck

            I love cooking show. I remember watching The Naked Chef, got hooked for cooking shows after that.

          • MsKitty

            I liked that show, it was funny and the recipes looked good. His fried rice recipe was on point.

    • Aquagranny911

      Color me “so surprised!” I forgot which crayon # that is in my box of 124 but it is in there somewhere.

      OT: CC, I’m glad you finally got a diagnosis for your shoulder pain. Bursitis can be a really biscuit. Hubby has had that & it really hurts. Do what the Docs tell you & take it easy. I’m not proscribing because I’m not an MD but seeing a chiropractor could help. It has for Hubby. He gets treatment every 2 months or so & has been pretty much pain free since he has.

      Also, about your art work…keep it up! I’m so rooting for you to reach your goals for 2014. I know you can do it! Don’t be scared to put your work out there. I know that can be like sending your first born child to the first day of school. You will never know till you try ♥

  • gn

    lol:

    @amk4obama
    The secret of women living longer. pic.twitter.com/OBD3xyzJZR

    • Aquagranny911

      Dios! That is not as funny as you might think. When daughter #1 was in her residency, I visited her apartment. Some people were moving out & I saw several guys send a couch over a balcony to two others who were supposed to catch it below. The two “catchers” ended flat on their backs with a very heavy sofa bed on top of them. I had to call for the EMS. They both got hurt pretty bad.

      The dude whose “great idea” this was felt really awful because he said “I didn’t think that would happen.”

      • gn

        omg, that’s terrible! Yikes. I hope they healed.

        • Aquagranny911

          I’m pretty sure they were okay in the end but they got pretty banged up with some broken bones & possible concussions. EMS hauled them to the hospital.

          Throughout the whole thing…I was like…”What the fig were you people thinking?”

          • gn

            Tough way to learn a lesson, wow.

      • BarbinAtlSouth

        When I see images like this, I always think that this was taken seconds before the people that are abut to get seriously damaged realize what’s going on and move out the way.

        Seriously, who doesn’t know having a sofa dropped on you is going to hurt? Well, besides your daughters cracked up neighbors…

        • Aquagranny911

          Barb, truth to tell I think they had all been drinking & not thinking. That apartment complex was mostly for students & young staff working at the nearby hospital. It was cheap & close to where she worked which is why daughter lived there for over a year. She was glad to see the back of the place when she finished her residency!

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!

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