September 23, 2017

Thursday Open Thread: The Chess Masters

Good Morning Obots!

The history of African-americans succeeding in the world of Chess is vast and rich.

Born April 21, 1855 in Frederick, Maryland, Theophilus Thompson is identified in various sources as being the first Black chess player of note. 

As a domestic servant, he managed to learn chess from John K. Hanshew, the publisher of The Maryland Chess Review in 1872. Mr. Hanshew loaned the 17-year old a chessboard and several chess problems to solve. Not only did he solve those ones assigned, but began composing his own which he later contributed to The Dubuque Chess Journal.

Shortly thereafter, his phenomenal talent brought him immediate attention and praise. He then accepted an invitation to Chicago to compete in a tournament, and while records of the tournament are not known, it was said that he scored a respectable result.  

In 1873, Mr. Thompson composed a book of endgame positions titled, Chess Problems:  Either to Play and Mate. This book was highly-regarded by his chess-playing peers. Following is an excerpt from a review which appeared in the July 1874 issue of City of London Chess Magazine. “We have been very much pleased indeed with the composition in this book, and consider that they display real genius, both of a conceptive and constructive order. . . . We consider Mr. Thompson a composer of great merit and of rare promise.”

His chess-playing career was short as he disappeared almost as abruptly as he arrived.  Rumors have said that he may have fallen prey to a racial lynching at a young age, but his disappearance remains a mystery. 

The US Chess Center in Washington D.C. hosts the Theophilus Thompson Chess Club in his honor on Saturday afternoons.

In 1993, Maurice Ashley became the first African-American to be awarded the coveted title of International Master.

Born March 6, 1966 in St. Andrew, Jamaica, Maurice’s family moved to Brooklyn when he was 12 and he took up the game of chess after learning the moves from his brother. After being thrashed his initial game against a friend, he went to the library and was inspired by a book on former American World Champion, Paul Morphy. At that moment, he fell in love. Despite the fact that he couldn’t make his high school team at Brooklyn Tech, he began to play in local tournaments. Later he sharpened his game by playing a contingent of Black masters in the Black Bear Chess Club. Maurice’s progress was rapid as he earned the rank of National Master in 1986, eclipsed the 2400 barrier (peaked at 2606!) and later earned the rank of International Master in 1993. After taking a break from his successful coaching career, he earned his last GM norm at the Manhattan Invitation in March 1999 becoming the first U.S. player of African descent to earn the coveted title.

Maurice has been a constant subject in national and international media appearing on countless programs, and in addition, has achieved worldwide fame in the chess world by serving as commentator in the Kasparov-Short and Kasparov-Deep Blue matches.  He also has  one of the best instructional CD-ROM programs on the market entitled, Maurice Ashley Teaches Chess.” The interactive format combined with Ashley’s trademark exciting sports analogies makes learning chess both easy and entertaining.

Emory Tate

One of the most feared players in the U.S., Emory Tate has built a reputation over the years as a swashbuckling tactician who will try to slash you to bits as brilliantly as possible… and he doesn’t disappoint.

Born on the west side of Chicago, but spending formative years in Indiana, (USA) Emory Tate Jr. was taught the game of chess by his father Emory Sr.  Indiana is a fairly active chess state, but in the early days of stardom, Tate spent a lot of time in the Chicago area creating a buzz with his hyperactive play. If one observes closely, it is easy to get a glimpse of his brilliant mind.

Tate’s reputation received a boost while he served in the Air Force and was 5-time Armed Forces Champion. His travels have given him the opportunity to make a foray into European chess. Of course, Tate has some comfort in these environments since he is fluent in Russian and has decent command of other languages.

Kangugi “K. K.” Karanja (born November 23, 1973) is a chess player regarded as the first African-American chess prodigy. He became a US Chess Federation Candidate Master at the age of 10, the youngest African-American to do so.

In 1985 at the age of 11, he won the National Elementary Chess Championship with a perfect 7-0 score (seven wins and no losses), becoming the first African-American to win a national scholastic title and the second African-American to win a national chess championship (Frank Street, Jr. was the first, winning the 1965 US Amateur Championship).

In 1985, Karanja also received the Laura Aspis Prize, granted annually to the top USCF-rated player under the age of 13. Karanja qualified as the United States representative for the 1986 World Under-14 Chess Championship in San Juan, Puerto Rico. In 1987, Karanja was selected to the inaugural All-America Chess Team, which recognizes the top 0.1-0.2 percent of chess players age 18 years and younger. He was the first African-American to make the team, with only three having qualified since: Shearwood McClelland III in 1995, Justus Williams in 2010 and Josh Colas in 2010.  Karanja also qualified for the 1987 U.S. Cadet Championship where only the top eight players under age 16 are invited to compete.

In 1988, Karanja was selected to participate in a simultaneous exhibition held by Grandmaster and World Champion Garry Kasparov in New York, during Kasparov’s first visit to America. Of the 59 players to compete against Kasparov, only Karanja and fellow prodigy Josh Waitzkin held Kasparov to draws (the other 57 players lost).

In 1989, at the age of 15 years and 7 months, Karanja became a chess master, becoming the second youngest African-American at the time to achieve that feat behind Howard Daniels (15 years, 4 months). He subsequently attended Carleton College.

Karanja retired from tournament play in 1990 with a rating of 2193. Karanja has written one book on chess and while living in Kenya was active in promoting chess.

Below,  Grandmaster Maurice Ashley in D.C. to promote chess for children.


  • Mornin’ POU!

    @InsanityReport was tweeting some serious truth about Cornflake West and Third Parties this morning:

    He Who Plays Xbox ‏ @insanityreport
    Cornel West’s complaints about President Obama only make sense if you believe West is too stupid for critical thinking

    He Who Plays Xbox ‏ @insanityreport
    because my first question after reading one of his over the top and attention whoring rants is:

    He Who Plays Xbox ‏ @insanityreport
    “If you care so much about the poor,why did you vote for a major party candidate in the first place?”

    He Who Plays Xbox ‏ @insanityreport
    I mean has he been frozen in time for 70 years like Captain America and is then that naive about American politics?

    He Who Plays Xbox ‏ @insanityreport
    He’s over here talking about “I wish we had a 3rd party” – Dr. West…WE DO. We have plenty.

    He Who Plays Xbox ‏ @insanityreport
    If West votes for Obama after spending the last 4 years talking about how horrible he is… listen, i’m duct taping his mouth shut

    He Who Plays Xbox ‏ @insanityreport
    Here’s his latest bullshit

    He Who Plays Xbox ‏ @insanityreport
    @KevDGrussing its not even that, most of us don’t care about them or think they’re partly crazy. myself included

    He Who Plays Xbox ‏ @insanityreport
    Here’s the thing about Third Party candidates. We act like having more political parties is some kind of magic bullet that will save us

    He Who Plays Xbox ‏ @insanityreport
    truth is, most 3rd parties are no different than the 2 main parties. They cater to a specific group and have their own agenda

    He Who Plays Xbox ‏ @insanityreport
    If the people of this country really wanted a 3rd party, we’d have one

    He Who Plays Xbox ‏ @insanityreport
    bingo RT @Ljay90: @insanityreport the only difference is their agenda doesn’t pay as well lol

    He Who Plays Xbox ‏ @insanityreport
    truth is these 3rd parties only seem attractive cause they have the luxury of being contrary.

    He Who Plays Xbox ‏ @insanityreport
    But real talk, i wouldn’t trust most of them with running this country. Hell, i’d trust GW again before some of these nutcases

    • GreenLadyHere


      – — – THIS – – – ->I mean has he been frozen in time for 70 years like Captain America and is then that naive about American politics?

      – — -WHEN will cornpone EVA LEARN?? – — -NEVAMIND! — -He IS WHO he HAS ALWAYS BEEN!! – — – >-A MEGA HATA!! – –

      KEEP lightin’ him up!! – – -EVEN ifff he NEVA LEARNS.

      THANK u 4 sharin’. :>)

      Have a good day Sepia – -:>)

    • rikyrah


    • GN

      He’s on point.

  • GreenLadyHere

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    • lamh35

      I think that a weekly estimate GLH. Still waiting for the April numbers I think

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  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, everyone 🙂

  • GreenLadyHere


    – – – –Presidential Proclamation — National Day of Prayer, 2012 – —

    – – – —NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER, 2012


    Prayer has always been a part of the American story, and today countless Americans rely on prayer for comfort, direction, and strength, praying not only for themselves, but for their communities, their country, and the world.

    On this National Day of Prayer, we give thanks for our democracy that respects the beliefs and protects the religious freedom of all people to pray, worship, or abstain according to the dictates of their conscience. Let us pray for all the citizens of our great Nation, particularly those who are sick, mourning, or without hope, and ask God for the sustenance to meet the challenges we face as a Nation. May we embrace the responsibility we have to each other, and rely on the better angels of our nature in service to one another. Let us be humble in our convictions, and courageous in our virtue. Let us pray for those who are suffering around the world, and let us be open to opportunities to ease that suffering.

    Let us also pay tribute to the men and women of our Armed Forces who have answered our country’s call to serve with honor in the pursuit of peace. Our grateful Nation is humbled by the sacrifices made to protect and defend our security and freedom. Let us pray for the continued strength and safety of our service members and their families. While we pause to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice defending liberty, let us remember and lend our voices to the principles for which they fought — unity, human dignity, and the pursuit of justice.


  • rikyrah

    Obama’s winning strategy on foreign policy
    By E.J. Dionne Jr., Published: May 2
    The Washington Post

    We expect some hypocrisy in politics, but it was still jaw-dropping to behold Republicans accusing President Obama of politicizing the anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden. Wasn’t it just eight years ago that the GOP organized an entire presidential campaign — including the choreography of its 2004 national convention — around the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and George W. Bush’s response to them?

    Obama’s opponents don’t just think we have short attention spans. They imagine we have no memories whatsoever.

    Yet very quickly, Mitt Romney and the rest of his party began slinking away from their offensive. It’s true, of course, that Obama played the ultimate presidential trump card. He visited our troops in Afghanistan on Tuesday, the anniversary of the bin Laden raid, and, with military vehicles serving as a rough-hewn backdrop, addressed the nation from the scene of our longest war.

    But the GOP retreat reflected something else as well. For the first time since the early 1960s, the Republican Party enters a presidential campaign at a decided disadvantage on foreign policy. Republicans find it hard to get accustomed to the fact that when they pull their favorite political levers — accusations that Democrats are “weak” or Romney’s persistent and false claims that Obama “apologizes” for America — nothing happens.

    The polls could hardly be clearer. In early April, a Washington Post/ABC News poll found that 53 percent of Americans trusted Obama over Romney to handle international affairs. Only 36 percent trusted Romney more. On a list of 12 matters that a president would deal with, Obama enjoyed a larger advantage on only one other question, the handling of women’s issues. And on coping with terrorism, the topic on which Republicans once enjoyed a near-monopoly, Obama led Romney by seven points.

  • rikyrah

    The (New) Largest Medicare Fraud Bust
    Posted on 05/02/2012 at 3:00 pm by JM Ashby
    The Obama Administration is going after healthcare fraud with gusto.

    Attorney General Eric Holder and Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius have announced the largest healthcare fraud bust of this administration, surpassing the previous record set in February.

    Washington (CNN) — More than 100 people have been charged and an estimated $450 million in false billings uncovered by federal agents in a nationwide operation that authorities say is the largest bust in recent history.

    Law enforcement sources say the charges were lodged in seven metropolitan areas, capping an investigation of several months into efforts to defraud Medicare, Medicaid and other federal health programs.

    It is the largest of four such sweeps announced during the Obama administration.

    I have nothing more than anecdotal evidence to base the claim on, but I would not be shocked in the slightest to learn a great number of those busted in this nationwide operation were sympathetic and supportive of the campaign to block healthcare reform. Because confronting phony billing is a centerpiece of that reform. And not just the illegal kind.

    The previous record-setting bust of this administration was that of Dr. Jacques Roy, who was accused of over $375 million in phony billing.

  • rikyrah

    Obama Memoirs Cause a Reaction
    by BooMan
    Wed May 2nd, 2012 at 03:35:32 PM EST

    Never mind the faux outrage, the excerpts of David Maraniss’ book are fascinating. Obama’s girlfriends from the 1980’s seem like really intelligent and interesting people. The journal entries are of a much higher caliber than anything I would ever do. The psychological insights into the president are more clear than you might expect. The whole thing is so weird to me.
    It’s the setting, Manhattan in the 1980s. That’s a setting I know so well. I know how things looked, how they smelled. I know what was in the news. That’s when I learned what a city was. That old dirty crime-ridden New York? So many of us flitted in and out of that scene, doing this and that, drinking underage, going to clubs, scoring dime bags in Washington Square Park, working lousy dead-end corporate-starter jobs. My uncle was teaching at Columbia then. He’s still teaching there. My Dad worked there.

    Meanwhile, back home in Princeton, Michelle Robinson was walking past me on Prospect Avenue, hanging at the Third World Center. Her brother was starring on Petey Carill’s awesome basketball team. She’s just a shadow in these journals. She’s the strong black woman at the beginning and end of his relationship with Genevieve Cook:

    Early in Barack’s relationship with Genevieve, he had told her about “his adolescent image of the perfect ideal woman” and how he had searched for her “at the expense of hooking up with available girls.” Who was this ideal woman? Genevieve conjured her in her mind, and it was someone other than herself. She wrote, “I can’t help thinking that what he would really want, be powerfully drawn to, was a woman, very strong, very upright, a fighter, a laugher, well-­experienced—a black woman I keep seeing her as.”

    Thursday, May 23, 1985
    Barack leaving my life—at least as far as being lovers goes. In the same way that the relationship was founded on calculated boundaries and carefully, rationally considered developments, it seems to be ending along coolly considered lines. I read back over the past year in my journals, and see and feel several themes in it all … how from the beginning what I have been most concerned with has been my sense of Barack’s withholding the kind of emotional involvement I was seeking. I guess I hoped time would change things and he’d let go and “fall in love” with me. Now, at this point, I’m left wondering if Barack’s reserve, etc. is not just the time in his life, but, after all, emotional scarring that will make it difficult for him to get involved even after he’s sorted his life through with age and experience.

    Hard to say, as obviously I was not the person that brought infatuation. (That lithe, bubbly, strong black lady is waiting somewhere!)

    Genevieve turned out to be right. Very, very right.

    The threads of the Obamas’ lives swirl around mine like this, which is probably why I was drawn to him in the first place. Princeton, Columbia, New York in the 1980’s, community organizing, Project Vote…

    So many people say that they don’t know who Obama is; that he’s exotic or rootless. I don’t feel that way at all. I grew up with kids from Iran and Ethiopia and Nigeria and the Philippines and all kinds of other places. People I knew traveled all the time, to Europe, to Japan, to China, to Cambodia, to Africa. I even knew the pretentious Ivy League college party scene, and the pretentious living room faculty cocktail party scene, and the Upper West Side post-modernist obsessed drinking party scene. What did Obama think of T.S. Eliot?

    I haven’t read “The Waste Land” for a year, and I never did bother to check all the footnotes. But I will hazard these statements—Eliot contains the same ecstatic vision which runs from Münzer to Yeats. However, he retains a grounding in the social reality/order of his time. Facing what he perceives as a choice between ecstatic chaos and lifeless mechanistic order, he accedes to maintaining a separation of asexual purity and brutal sexual reality. And he wears a stoical face before this. Read his essay on Tradition and the Individual Talent, as well as Four Quartets, when he’s less concerned with depicting moribund Europe, to catch a sense of what I speak. Remember how I said there’s a certain kind of conservatism which I respect more than bourgeois liberalism—Eliot is of this type. Of course, the dichotomy he maintains is reactionary, but it’s due to a deep fatalism, not ignorance. (Counter him with Yeats or Pound, who, arising from the same milieu, opted to support Hitler and Mussolini.) And this fatalism is born out of the relation between fertility and death, which I touched on in my last letter—life feeds on itself. A fatalism I share with the western tradition at times. You seem surprised at Eliot’s irreconcilable ambivalence; don’t you share this ambivalence yourself, Alex?

    Unfortunately, I am familiar with that kind of talk even when people aren’t trying to impress a girl. It’s called being competitively intelligent in a world of sickeningly intelligent people. That’s what I grew up with and nothing could seem more American to me until I stepped out of that milieu and into our more normal communities. I quickly learned that my experience wasn’t typical at all. It was as American as apple pie, but it wasn’t typical.

    Yet, of all the people I’ve known and seen come out of that elite culture, no one has seemed to me better-suited to be president than Barack Obama.

    • danadevin74

      Yep like i said yesterday
      POTUS was waiting for the right Michelle

      a woman, very strong, very upright, a fighter, a laugher, well-­experienced black woman sounds just like our FLOTUS

      • rikyrah

        totally sounds like FLOTUS

        and many thanks to folks from yesterday for those threads….you all had me LMBAO.

        • itgurl_29

          Genevieve: “I love you!”

          Barack: “Thank you.”

          That gave me my life! I almost spit my orange juice all over the computer when I read that! #hedontlovedemhoes

          • danadevin74

            He prob didn’t wan’t to say i love you back if he didn’t mean it.
            But Thank You that is just so wrong LOL

          • GN

            But he had to say *something.* He was only in his 20s, probably he’d handle it differently now, but he most likely didn’t mean to come off like that. (lmao though)

          • Daltex82

            I can only imagine how “cracked” her face must have been after that exchange.

          • Miranda

            Oh she was picking up pieces for days. I hope one of her friends came over and helped her find all the pieces. “there go one…over there…by the dresser.”

          • Daltex82


          • Camille

            And she goes on to psychoanalyze him and comes out confirming her own savior complex.

      • But when you get on he leave yo’ ass for a Black girl
        Get down girl go head get down
        Get down girl go head get down
        Get down girl go head get down

        • Miranda



          You other brothers can’t deny
          That when a girl walks in with an itty bitty waist
          And a round thing in your face
          You get SPRUNG!

          • GN

            So basically the bad lounge has completely overtaken the guards and just has the run of the place… /lmao!!!

        • rikyrah

          Y’all are cracking me up.

          dead….you all are hilarious

        • danadevin74

          Yep POTUS switched that lyric around LOL

    • isonprize

      First of all, he is not a ‘specimen’ to be examined. BFD, he had girlfriends in college. This was before the internet and cellphones. People actually wrote letters. He was/is smart, introspective, and a good writer, even if a wee bit pretentious. But that’s to be expected. He knew he was smart, and it impressed the ladies…

      Second, he dated white women. Again, BFD. Is this surprising? He was already a pretty ‘multicultural’ guy. Or is the real issue that he CHOSE A BLACK WOMAN TO MARRY???

      Third, and probably the most screamingly obvious point, they all just mad ‘cuz he was mackin’ like crazy. He was good-looking, smart, in great shape. Putting on my amateur astrology hat — He’s a Leo ya know, the Lion, The Sun? He has always attracted attention even without trying. It’s pretty hard to ignore sunshine. And there’s a reason why the lion is the king of the jungle, they are gentle and caring, but vicious when they need to be.

      Bottom line? He was pullin’ em. He STILL pulls ’em, it’s just that he has clearly made up his mind that Michelle is the ONLY ONE HE WANTS!!

      They still haven’t found any real dirt, and would be truly surprised if they ever do. (You KNOW they are and have been looking) It’s obvious to me that he treated his women well. He also was wise enough to tell his story first, so what are any of them going to say, 20-25-30 years after the fact??

      • danadevin74

        the real issue that he CHOSE A BLACK WOMAN TO MARRY???
        You hit the nail on the head
        He was raised by white women
        Dated a white woman
        Why is he with Michelle?

        • Guns3000

          Why is he with Michelle?

          My Rethugs friends behind closed doors say he only married a black woman because that would cement his credibility with the black community and for political reasons.

          • Some bitter Black female bloggers who think white peen is the bestest say the same thing, but you only have to look at how PBO interacts with FLOTUS to know that those bitter bitches and your Rethugs friends are wrong.

          • Guns3000

            I don’t even respond to nonsense like that.

          • Please tell me which bloggers you are talking about.

          • danadevin74

            Im quite sure Rethugs aren’t the only ones who say that.

          • Miranda

            Your rethug friends are idiots – but you already know this.. amarite? yeaaahhh…you know!

          • Guns3000

            I stopped calling them idiots years ago… only encourages them.


          • GN

            There are tons of people who cannot fathom that any successful African American man would prefer a black woman, as they consider black women inferior physically and emotionally. Glad PBO is not one of those men, unfortunately, some of whom are black and consider non-black women to be superior “preferences.”

          • Camille

            And when did getting “credibility” with the black community become a trigger for a black man marrying a black woman??

            Conventional wisdom has actually always been the opposite: you solidify your acceptability in mainstream America as a black man by marrying a white woman.

            Politically, he had more to gain by marrying a white woman from a wealthy, politically connected woman than a black woman whose parents never went to college. Think Harold Ford!

            Unfortunately some black folks seem to sometimes prefer a white person who mistreats and looks down on them to a black accomplished humble guy who works hard for and looks out for them. So if President Obama had married a white woman some warped black people might actually have been more in awe of him. Sad, but true.

          • JojoRaze

            I think one of the good things to come out of the book is that it kills this meme once and for all. For one thing, some 95% of married black men are married to black women so PBO isn’t unique in that. Two: Genvieve’s diary shows that PBO was wanting a sista since puberty. Michelle wasn’t political, it was personal.

        • rikyrah

          I’ll forever believe that him marrying Michelle is why his mother and grandparents don’t get the respect that they should.

          IF…….they had raised him so well…

          what’s he doing married to Michelle?

          I will forever believe this about them and their disrespect of his mother and grandparents.

          • isonprize

            Rikyrah, I’ll even take it back a generation.

            If Stanley and Madelyn Dunham had raised their daughter (Stanley) Ann Dunham right, she wouldn’t have got pregnant by that nig.. uh, blah… um, African.

            Then, we never would have been in this mess to begin with. There would be no ‘Barack Hussein Obama II.’

          • JojoRaze

            I have to agree with you on this totally. Stanley Ann seemed to be a very much a 1960s woman–free-spirit, not bound by convention. She wanted to marry a black dude who she felt was smart and brilliant and she did. It didn’t work out with him and she kept it moving and married an Indonesian. When that didn’t work, she kept it moving. There is no Barack without those white antecedents who were quirky and unconventional. I mean, these people moved from Kansas to Seattle and then HI.

            What I loved about Dreams, was that PBO said his white grandparents always told him to live up to his daddy’s high intellectual standards. They basically told him, ” Your daddy is not in your life, but that man is a genius and we expect you to be a genius too.” It’s a great way to raise a kid to keep a part of their absent parent with him, even if that absent parent has issues, and the senior Barack had some issues.

      • Camille

        Thank you!

        This is madness and these guys won’t be content. Never.

        Barack Obama has completely messed with their heads and they have all lost their fucking minds!

        I think this is now more than just about taking him down, they are just obsessed with and intrigued by this amazing man. And if they are honest, they like him a lot but they have to fight it.

        They are even running around trying to catch his private moments on camera like drooling perverts:

  • Imma need for NYABJ to raise their standards.

    Beyonce set to win writing award from the New York Association of Black Journalists

    Sexy songstress singled out for Essence magazine story ‘Eat, Play, Love’

    By Nancy Dillon / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

    Beyonce Knowles can add yet another title to her already dazzling resume – award-winning journalist.

    The mogul mama, recently named People magazine’s Most Beautiful woman of 2012, is set to win a writing award from the New York Association of Black Journalists on May 15.

    The sexy songstress will be singled out for her July 2011 Essence magazine cover story “Eat, Play, Love,” which chronicled her nine-month hiatus from the biz in 2010.

    Read more:

    • isonprize

      Sepia, you know you wrong for that, but OH SO RIGHT!!! LOLOLOL

    • I don’t think they have any standards. Praise her for putting on a good show…not for writing.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM: – – -Just a THOUGHT: – –It’s PAST TIME 2 STOP talkin’ about THAT “diary” which was brought out NOW 4 the EXPRESSED PURPO$E of EMBARRASSING/DISPARAGING – – — –OUR BELOVED PRESIDENT!!

    The author is as CHEAP as the diary. — -Annnnd I’m sooo sure that the “ENEMY” [RE-THUGs] has a HAND in THI$!!

    MR. PRESIDENT annnd FIRST LADY HAVE the RELATIONSHIP that she would NEVA have had!! —

    Sooo her FANTASIES NEEDTA B LEFT in – FANTASY-land. – – – –

    – – – –The REST of us R livin’ in the REAL WORLD!! – – -geesh!!

    • Camille


      The more I think of this crap the angrier I get.

      This Genevieve Cook woman is a shameless hag. You have to be to turn over diaries from 30 years ago that detail sexual escapades with a now happily married man who is now a very public figure.

      Petty and silly this cradle-snatching wench and her I bought him an expensive sweater from Saks Fifth to replace the worn one that once belonged to his grandfather. And he took it with him after we broke up to Chicago to protect from the cold winter. Bitch please!

      I think this scorned asshole Genevieve just wants to get her licks in trying to convince people 30 years later of her fake importance in the life of a 22 year old!

      She insists that she was his first “serious” girlfriend! LOL, the joke is on you Genevieve!

      Then the sneaky bitch wants to force-feed us details of her sexual activity telling us of showering together and all that shit.

      Bitch, the guy was 22 and I can bet every single chick he dated before and after you has exactly the same story. You were not special and for good reason too!

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY SisCamlle – – —***BIG HUG*** : >)

        – — –RA’ CHERE – – – ->trying to convince people 30 years later of her fake importance in the life of a 22 year old!

        OBVIOUSLY – -that -$$$ was GOOD enuff 2 MAKE her – -SELL her SOUL 2 SATAN!! –even 30 years L8R!! – – –

        – —She hadta KNOW that – – -SISTAHS would – – -GO IN ON her!! – – -FIERCELY!! –But it di-ent matta 2 her. ***tsk***

        – — -Haven’t seen a PIC – – -BUT – -BETCHA she ain’t ’bout NUTTIN’!! – —Annnd even iff he was a little higher than a DAWG – — IT DON’T MATTA!! – —

        – – – -<a href=";SHE CHEAP!! – – – –

        ———Good 2 C U —-SisCamille. :>) ——

  • rikyrah

    Tweety says that Willard’s not interested in politics. and why we should FEAR ROMNEY’S ELECTION:

  • GreenLadyHere
  • rikyrah

    May 02, 2012
    The unthinkable

    Although Ezra Klein concedes that “we can come up with endless hypotheticals,” he precedes that ambiguity with the sweeping, nearly certain assessment that “if President Obama wins reelection, it’s likely that one or both chambers will be controlled by Republicans.”

    What’s disturbing about that passage isn’t so much its grim pessimism in contradiction of its happy premise of Who knows?, but that Klein could likely be right. I confess I cling desperately to the upbeat optimism of Who knows?, however, for much the same reason that comedian Lewis Black doesn’t do jokes about Sarah Palin: his brain, he insists, refuses to acknowledge the towering nihilism of such a witless harpy in American politics.

    My brain rebels at even the foreshadow of another two years–or four–of a Cantor/McConnell-led daycare for the criminally pseudoconservative; two or four more years of infantile dogma and adolescent bullying; two or four more years of grinding, akimbo gridlock–all of which would create an inescapable drag on this groaning economy of ours, soon returning us to 10 percent unemployment (or worse) and vanishing GDP growth, and all of which the criminally pseudoconservative could then blame on sabotaged Democratic policies, just in time for the 2014 and ’16 elections.

    Don’t get me wrong. I find Democratic prescriptions for our weak economy rather anemic themselves, albeit necessarily, at least for the moment. But any alternative to the criminally pseudoconservative is preferable and by comparison looks and sounds positively splendid. What’s more, my brain simply cannot accept–and hey, after all, we’ve six months to go–that even Democrats could be so inept as to lose to a party that openly avows the destruction of America’s most cherished safety nets.

    No, I just can’t bring myself to entertain the horror of what Klein suggests; I won’t panic till I actually see the torrential monstrosity of Citizens United descend all around us, state by state, district by district, television by television.

    For the Democrats do have a plan, right?

    • crazycanuck

      Well that is depressing

      • macademic

        Bonjour crazycanuck!

        Don’t be depressed: IF Congress basically stayed as they have been for the first term? Oh noes!!
        First, I do NOT buy the 2010-midterm-election repeat scenario… not after a few recalls and a GOP war on women.

        Second, voter supression tactics are being put on blast (thx Rev. Al!) and handled (go Atty Gen Holder/ DOJ!)

        Third, even VIRGINIA and ARIZONA are in play for PBO… some folks are waking up in a cold sweat screaming! The landslide that “coattails” a working Congress is *their* nightmare (and not just the Repugs).

        Last, look at Pres. O’s looong and historic list of first term achievements– accmplished despite “years of infantile dogma and adolescent bullying; two or four more years of grinding, akimbo gridlock” etc.

        Calmez-vous, mon amie… PBO’s got this (check the OFA “Forward” video), his base is only larger and more energized (see ALL the polls), and we have his back!!

        Bonne journee 🙂

  • rikyrah

    Rumsfeld still considers himself credible
    By Steve Benen – Thu May 3, 2012 8:00 AM EDT.

    Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has kept a relatively low profile in recent years — leaving office as a reviled national embarrassment tends to leave limited options — but he still works his way into the spotlight from time to time.

    This week, for example, Rumsfeld appeared on Fox News to question President Obama’s claims about the mission that killed Osama bin Laden a year ago. “You mentioned there was a tough decision,” he said. “I don’t think it was a tough decision.”

    There are a few relevant angles to the comments. First, whether the former Pentagon chief understands this or not, the decision facing Obama was far more complex and risky than Republicans chose to believe. Second, if Rumsfeld hadn’t made the wrong call at Tora Bora, the threat posed by the al Qaeda leader would have been eliminated a decade ago.

    But Glenn Thrush highlights another tidbit that seems important: six years ago, the U.S. was poised to launch a raid in Pakistan against al Qaeda, but Rumsfeld called it off. It was, he decided at the time, too risky.

  • rikyrah

    Anyone here watch Revenge?

    how awesome was last night’s show?


    Emily put a chill down my spine in that final scene.

    • Guys, I haven’t seen it yet, so please don’t post about it. Thanks.

  • rikyrah

    How Would The GOP Pay For An Extension Of The Bush Tax Cuts?
    They’re not saying. Jonathan Bernstein fumes:

    Republicans are currently blocking the extension of lower student loan interest rates because they insist on cutting a health care fund to pay for its cost. But when it comes to the Bush tax cuts, they continue to believe that no budget offsets are necessary to pay for them. … You really couldn’t ask for clearer evidence that Republicans are not only wholly uninterested in reducing federal budget deficits, but even oppose the whole notion of considering individual spending and taxing decisions in the context of an overall budget.

  • GreenLadyHere

    GOOD THURSDAY MORNTIN’ miranda! ***BIG HUG*** :>)

    – – – –FIRST!! – – – -FIRST! – – -FIRST! – –FEARLESS! annnnd – – – – – -F-I-E-R-C-E!! – – -WHEW LAWD! :>)



    THANK U 4 THIS SERIES – –miranda. Just LUV 2-day’s post!!. BUT – -lookin’ 4-ward 2 MORE. :>)

    Have a BLESSED day – -miranda. :>)

    P.S. R there any female chess players that can B highlighted? :>)

    • Aquagranny911

      That’s a real good question. It’s always seemed to me that Chess is dominated by the men. You don’t hear about female players. There must be some.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY Aquagranny911. ***BIG HUG** :>)

        “Chess is dominated by men”- – — BUT- – – –a FEW of US— – -managed 2 – — -“GET ON THE BOARD”- —so 2 speak. LOL.

        PERHAPS they may B part of THIS EXEMPLARY SERIES- — –so I’ll refrain from any citations. :>)

        Good 2 C U- — -Aquagranny911. :>)

  • rikyrah

    Posted at 05:30 PM ET, 05/02/2012
    Millions in TV ads, but no poll movement for Scott Walker
    By Greg Sargent

    A new Marquette Law School poll that’s generating lots of chatter today finds that Scott Walker and his most likely recall opponent, Tom Barrett, are in a dead heat, with Barrett edging Walker by 47-46 among registered Wisconsin voters.

    The really important finding here, however, is that Walker’s approval rating, and his head to head numbers with Barrett, have not changed in months — if anything, they’re going down. And this is in spite of the fact that Walker and his allies have vastly outspent rivals in TV ads.

    Charles Franklin, a political scientist and expert in Wisconsin politics who directs the Marquette poll, sends over some numbers.

    In January, Walker’s job approval was 51 percent; in March, it was 50 percent; and this month, it’s 47 percent.

    In January, Walker was leading Barrett 50-44; in March, 47-45; and this month, he trails 46-47. (Among likely voters, Walker leads by a point; all of these findings suggest a mostly unchanging dead heat.)

    “There’s been a great deal of advertising in the state, especially from the Walker campaign and Republican supporters, and we’ve seen virtually no movement in the Walker numbers,” Franklin tells me.

    What’s particularly interesting here is that just yesterday, Walker announced he’d raised a staggering $13 million in three months for the recall fight. But even though he’s likely to outspend his Dem opponent in the home stretch, it’s unclear how much that will matter, because the numbers suggest ads are unlikely to move the needle much going forward.

    This means the race is all going to come down to turnout — the one area where Dems and unions can match Walker in resources and organization, perhaps neutralizing Walker’s ad spending advantage, Franklin says.

    “It won’t take much in voter turnout to tip the race either way,” Franklin says. “You can spend an awful lot of money on advertising and it would be unlikely to change many minds. But the advantages that Democrats and unions have traditionally had in the ground game is certainly an area where they can match Walker’s organization at the very least.”

  • rikyrah

    May 02, 2012 5:30 PM

    “Philosophical Differences”

    By Ed Kilgore

    Last week the House Energy and Commerce Committee voted to kill a program that offered states bonuses for doing a better job of enrolling eligible low-income children in the Medicaid and S-CHiP programs. This was part of the House Republican effort to pretend to implement the Ryan Budget Resolution, which was not, of course, actually enacted by Congress. So it pretty clearly represents their priorities.

    In Matt Dobias’ report on the action for Politico, there’s lots of talk from Republicans about how the bonuses undermine tough policing of the programs for possible fraud, and boost costs that states might have trouble covering when the bonuses run out. On the other side of the argument is Ron Pollack of the advocacy group Families USA:

    The whole purpose of the funds is to make sure that children who are eligible based on state-determined standards have an easier time — rather than a harder time — getting enrolled.
    Matt Salo, executive director of the National Association of Medicaid Directors, however, said he sees a broader divide at play.
    “In Congress and across the country, there are philosophical differences about whether public programs should be available to everyone with as little effort as possible,” he said. “And there are others who believe they should be made available, but don’t beat down their doors to force it on them.”

    I’d say the “philosophical differences” run a little deeper than that. Why do we offer health insurance to low-income children? Is it because we just want to do them or their parents a favor? Or is it because giving kids basic health services tends to save an incredible amount of money in the long run, in chronic illnesses that might otherwise be prevented or managed, in expensive emergency room visits they won’t have to make, in costs that the rest of us will eventually bear? Could it even be that we value health as an end in itself, and would like to reduce the number of unnecessary deaths from untreated health conditions? Is it possible we think healthier children produce a healthier, happier, more prosperous country?

    Oh, sorry, I forgot. Anyone sharing that sort of “philosophy” might also see the value of universal health coverage, instead of treating the very idea as a socialist abomination sure to lead to health care rationing and euthanasia. That doesn’t describe our current breed of congressional Republican

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – – —POU FAM –VOTER SUPPRESSION/Anti-Voter -WATCH

    – – –PA Voter ID Law Would Keep 93-Year-Old Who Marched With Martin Luther King From Voting — –

    – – – –If there’s a contest for most sympathetic plaintiff in a lawsuit opposing a state voter ID law, Pennsylvania’s Viviette Applewhite wins.

    The 93-year-old has voted in almost every election since 1960. Her daughter was a public servant. She has five grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, and four great-great grandchildren. She’s a widow. She marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Macon, Georgia during the civil rights movement and traveled to Atlanta to hear him preach.

    Under Pennsylvania’s voter ID law, Applewhite wouldn’t be able to vote.

    Applewhite is the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit filed Tuesday by the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania, the Advancement Project, the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia (PILCOP) and the law firm of Arnold & Porter LLP on behalf of ten Pennsylvania voters.

    The suit charges that that state’s voter ID law, signed on March 14 by Gov. Thomas Corbett, violates the Pennsylvania Constitution (Pennsylvania isn’t covered by Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, so federal authorities couldn’t intervene). They want the court to issue an injunction stopping enforcement before the November election.

    ——BEST WISHES!! – – —

    • crazycanuck

      I still don’t understand why they are allowed to get away with this.

      Morning GLH

      • GreenLadyHere

        GOOD THURSDAY MORNTIN’ crazycanuck ***BIG HUG** :>) —

        ‘CAUSE THEY OUTNUMBER the DEMS. – – -The RE-THUGS R STRONG in PA. It’s like livin’ in a SOUTHERN state – –in some parts of that state. – –

        – BEEN THERE! – – – -SAW THAT!! – –

        – – –That’s WHYCOME THIS was a GR8 WIN 4 MR. PRESIDENT in 2008: – – –US election: Obama’s win in Pennsylvania a crushing defeat for McCain

        Heey isonprize: – – -What is your take on this. :>) Thanks. :>)

        Wishin’ the ACLU the BEST!! :>)

        Good 2 C U –crazycanuck. :>)

        • isonprize

          GLH, see my reply to crazycanuck

          • GreenLadyHere

            isonprize. THANK U. :>)

      • isonprize

        cc, do you recall that famous quote by James Carville? He described Pennsylvania as “Philadelphia on one end, Pittsburgh on the other and Alabama in the middle.” That pretty much about sums it up. I have also heard people call it “Pennsyltucky.”

        The voter suppression here has always been shameless. In 2008, there were ‘anonymous’ flyers posted in black neighborhoods that mentioned being arrested at the polls if you had back taxes, or outstanding parking tickets.

        The Obama campaign, ACLU, Committee of Seventy, and others are on it, but there is MAJOR TRICKERY going on!!

        • GreenLadyHere

          Isonprize- — – ***BIG HUG***- – -:>)

          *****fist bump****- — — PRECISELY what I was referrin’ 2. :>)- —

          – — THANK U 4 da citation. :>)

          Readin’ the “temperature” – – -THIS YEAR- – – WHEW LAWD. Prolly- –NOT 2 early 2 “get out the thermometer.”

          THIS GOV.- – — is DANGEROUS 2 the Dem’s health!!- – –

          – – – C’MON- – — KARMA!!– —

          Good 2 C U. Again, THANK YA!! :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – – – -KEEPIN’ an EYE on THIS situation – – —

    – – –Activist, Out of Embassy, Now Says He Wants to Leave China – —

    – —The United States recognized that the blind dissident lawyer, Chen Guangcheng, had changed his position and now wanted to leave China, a senior Obama administration official said on Thursday. His apparent reversal injected new uncertainty into a tense diplomatic situation that had briefly appeared resolved ahead of high-level economic talks here.

    – – – -SKIP — – – –

    What had for a short time looked like a deft achievement by American diplomats on Wednesday appeared to rapidly unravel only hours after Mr. Chen’s release and thrust the dissident’s fate into the center of a diplomatic crisis between China and the United States that the Obama administration had sought to avoid during two days of high-level economic and strategic conference meetings attended here by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner. The two cabinet members spoke Thursday, along with the Chinese president, Hu Jintao.

    During her speech, Mrs. Clinton urged China to protect human rights, saying “all governments have to answer our citizens’ aspirations for dignity and the rule of law.”

  • rikyrah

    John Edwards’ daughter leaves courtroom crying
    By Michael Biesecker May 2, 2012 2:38PM

    John Edwards’ daughter left the courtroom crying during testimony on Wednesday about a confrontation between her father and deceased mother over the onetime presidential candidate’s extramarital affair.

    Former Edwards aide Christina Reynolds was testifying about an argument Elizabeth Edwards had with her husband on the day in October 2007 that a tabloid published a story about his affair. As Reynolds was beginning the account about what happened at the Raleigh airport, Edwards turned to his daughter Cate, who was seated in the front row.

    “I don’t know what’s coming; do you want to leave?” Edwards was heard asking.

    She responded inaudibly to him, then walked away wiping tears. Edwards was heard saying, “Cate, Cate” as she walked out. Cate Edwards later returned to court after a recess.

    Wednesday’s hearing at the campaign finance corruption trial also included an account from another aide who testified that he repeatedly voiced concerns about the mistress, Rielle Hunter, and later left the Edwards staff after an expletive-laced dressing down from the candidate. The mistress would later have Edwards’ child.

    But the most stirring testimony came from Reynolds, the candidate’s onetime communications adviser who was also a confidante of Elizabeth Edwards. Reynolds recently joined the board of the educational foundation named for Elizabeth Edwards, who died in December of 2010 after a years-long fight with cancer.

    Reynolds told the court that Elizabeth Edwards asked her over to the family’s Chapel Hill home in the summer of 2007 and revealed that her husband had confessed to an affair the previous year. The two women had bonded because they had similar backgrounds in military families.

    The following October, Reynolds testified, she observed a very upset Elizabeth Edwards confront her husband at Raleigh-Durham International Airport on the morning that The National Enquirer published a story about the affair. She stormed off and then collapsed in the parking lot, Reynolds said, and the aide and another staff member helped her into the bathroom of a private hangar.

    After collecting herself, Elizabeth Edwards came back into the hangar, found her husband and began yelling. She then pulled off her shirt and bra, leaving herself bare-chested, Reynolds said.

    “You don’t see me any more,” Reynolds quoted the wife as saying.

    Reynolds said Edwards didn’t show emotion, but that he called his wife’s doctor and asked for help.

  • rikyrah

    Marco Rubio’s Rivera problem
    By Steve Benen – Thu May 3, 2012 9:13 AM EDT.

    Rep. David Rivera (R-Fla.) hasn’t had it easy lately. The conservative freshman has been investigated by the FBI, IRS, Miami-Dade Police Department’s public corruption unit, the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office, and Florida Department of Law Enforcement over allegations that he abused his former seat in Florida’s state House of Representatives for personal financial gain and repeatedly lied on financial disclosure forms.

    Not surprisingly, this has left Rivera’s future in politics in doubt. But perhaps the more interesting question is what the congressman’s scandals will do to his close, personal friend, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), whose career is on a very different trajectory.

    Chris Cillizza noted this week, “You can sum up Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s biggest impediment to being chosen vice president in two words: David Rivera.”

    [Fox News’ Bret Baier] pushed Rubio on Rivera, noting that not only is the Florida Senator hosting a D.C. fundraiser for his friend on May 16 but that the two men also co-owned a house together, a house that went into foreclosure.

    Rubio sought to cast the foreclosure issue as a simple misunderstanding; “There was a disagreement with the bank about how much the monthly payments were,” he told Baier, adding: “And it all got confusing.”

    Making the story a little more “confusing” is that Rivera has been accused of misusing campaign donations for personal use, and Rubio has largely admitted to having done the same thing.

    Indeed, the far-right senator was asked this week about using a Republican Party credit card to purchase personal items. Rubio conceded it “looks bad,” and acknowledged, “I shouldn’t have done it that way.”

  • lamh35

    Alright POU

    Anyone have any ideas of great places to live if you are a single African American woman? My first thought was ATL, but I was trying to think of any other ones?

    Oh and Good Morning POU

    • ch555x

      Good question! I’ve been considering a relocation for myself, so I’d be interested in any answers you get. I’ve been thinking ATL, Charlotte, and even Chattanooga…:/

    • @kaituer

      Can’t recommend any but DO NOT even think about Miami.

      • PBomb

        Just curious. What are the disadvantages to Miami, other than living in Florida?

        • rikyrah

          English is a second language.

          And, I’ll be damned if I’m gonna move to a place where mofos not born here think they’re gonna shyt all over me cause I’m Black…IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

          • PBomb

            Gotcha. Cubans can be pretty obtuse when it comes to racial relations and identity.

          • edp4bho

            Especially when your ancestors built the damn place to make it all comfy for the newcomers, who tend to diminish us, and who totally, totally don’t recognize the true owners of the land, the Native Peoples.

    • Guns3000

      I live in Miami the people that are knocking the place obviously have had a different experience than my own. There are advantages and disadvantages to every place.

    • JojoRaze

      Brooklyn, NY is my pick. Girls here are fierce and there’s loads to do and lots of ” naturals.”

  • rikyrah

    Justice slower for black woman than for dog

    It has been 40 days since two men in white collared shirts knocked on Martinez Sutton’s door and told him his 22-year-old sister, Rekia Boyd, had been shot.

    “Are you Martinez Sutton?”

    “Yes. What is the problem?”

    “Are you the brother of Rekia Boyd?”


    “Your sister has been involved in a crime.”

    “What did she do?

    “ ‘She has been shot in the head,’ the man said and handed me a piece of paper,” Sutton told me.

    “This is the place she is at and this is the number you can call,” the detective said, Sutton recalled.

    “Then he said ‘sorry,’ and both detectives turned around and walked away.”

    Two days later, Boyd’s family was forced to take the young woman off life support.

    “Nobody wanted us to say anything about it. People said it was not wise to talk to the media. But every hour there was a report about a 22-year-old girl that got shot in the head,” Sutton said. “I wanted people to know her name and that she wasn’t just any old girl out there.”

    It happened on one of those freakishly warm evenings in March that drove Chicagoans in droves to the lakefront and city parks.

    Boyd and her friends were hanging out at Douglas Park near 15th and Albany when off-duty Police Officer Dante Servin, who lives in the area, allegedly drove up in a BMW and told the group to “shut up all that m—–f—— noise,” Sutton said witnesses told him.

    Antonio Cross yelled back “f— you,” at which point Servin allegedly stuck a gun out of the window and opened fire, wounding Cross in the hand and shooting Boyd in the head.

    Police officials initially claimed Cross had a gun, but no gun was found, and Cross has been charged with aggravated assault, a misdemeanor.

    Forty days later, Sutton still does not know whether Servin will be charged with anything for shooting his sister in the head.

    “Right now we are just waiting for an answer,” Sutton told me. “Everybody has told me that it’s under investigation. We are just playing a waiting game.”

    The family has filed a civil suit against Servin and the city.

    Scott Ando, the first deputy to the chief administrator of the Independent Police Review Authority, describes an investigation into these kind of allegations as “quite a lengthy process.”

    “It really varies greatly and depends on the complexity of the situation and the time it takes the Illinois State Police [to process evidence],” he said.

    According to Ando, the agency has already “done a canvas in the neighborhood, interviewed most of the witnesses in the area and asked for evidence that has been collected.”

    Still, he would not venture a guess about when Sutton might expect answers.

    Revin Fellows, a longtime community activist in Aurora who claims to be related to Boyd, pointed out a strange irony.

    Also during that stretch of warm days, Willy, a Pomeranian Papillon

  • lamh35
  • lamh35

    now for a little non-political brevity if ya’ll will indulge me, The one summer movie I was waiting for opens today at midnight!!! Are you ready for The Avengers!!!! I am!

    If I could find someone who would go with me at midnight, I so would go with all the super hero geeks.

    • Aquagranny911

      That sounds like fun. I hope you find someone to go with you.

  • rikyrah

    Romney And Latinos

    He spent yesterday trying to bring around the fire-breathing conservative new media. Weird how he seems to be ignoring another critical media constituency entirely:

    A full year after Romney launched his presidential bid, the campaign doesn’t have a Spanish version of its website, nor has it hired a Spanish-speaking spokesperson. Romney boycotted a primary debate on Univision, leading to the event’s collapse, and, to date, he has only done one sit-down interview on a national Spanish network. The apparent apathy has left Latino advocates — and more than a few Republicans — baffled, wondering whether the campaign has already written off one of the fastest-growing demographics in the country.

    • Aquagranny911

      The Repugs “wrote us off” long ago. They are just hoping for a repressed Latino vote.

  • edp4bho

    Morning POU. I was marveling at the deep intellect of these chess players. This totally disproves the lie that Africans are inferior. What I have always found puzzling is why aren’t more of us using those same brain cells to figure out that we need to invent, devise, and manufacture our own economy. While reading “Dreams for My Father”, PBO, I recall a remark one of his Kenyan elderly uncles made…..” if a man can’t make his own bicycle……”. Off hand I cannot directly quote the rest, but it’s there for all to read, and it stayed with me. I ponder this regularly. We have what it takes- I believe it’s cultural conditioning to think we need only to be able to afford consumption, instead of being the source of commodities. Hopefully, more of us will embrace a creation mindset, as had so many of our ancestors.

    • PBomb

      It is not hard to disprove the lie about our inferiority. We practically invented everything used in this country on some level.

      Historically, African populations built complex, hierarchical societies that were, at times, more advanced than their European contemporaries. Mali, Songhai, Aksum, Nubia, Zimbabwe, Kongo, Ghana, just to mention a few. This was all going on while Europeans were still painting their faces blue and killing/eating each other.

      The whole Africans are “inferior” crap is based on some flawed theory that genetically Africans are unable to perform in complex, hierarchical societies because they evolved as hunter gatherers. It is a very simple concept. It is also wrong on every possible level.

      Genetically, there is more genetic variation within Africa than in the rest of the world combined, so it makes absolutely 0 scientific sense to argue for a common “black” genetic inferiority, as there is no such thing as a common “black” genetic code at all.

      • edp4bho

        Well put, well put. The onus is on us to inform the youth of their past magnificence. We used to do this years ago. Somehow, a couple of generations didn’t keep the ball in the air, so to speak.

      • BoomerGal

        I must say PBomb, that all civilization started in the Motherland (Africa). All races evolved from dark skinned people.

    • isonprize

      It ALL STARTS WITH EDUCATION!!! Yes, I’m shouting., because whenever we wake up to this, we’ll all be in a better place.

      It’s also why ReTHUGlicans are systematically destroying public education in cities, the places where black people live. They will sacrifice a few white folks to do that, too. Public education in the suburbs is just fine, thank you.

      • Aquagranny911

        NAILED THAT!!! I think most POC are aware of how important education is. The major problem is inadequate schools in so many urban & some rural areas that serve as nothing more than warehouses for our young. The school money often goes to areas where higher property taxes are paid…hence the burbs.

        We have open enrollment here but this means getting on a waiting list & then you have to get your own kiddo to & from the school every day. No free bus or transpo if the school is out of your district. This is really a problem for many parents, especially those with low income.

        I could on & on with this subject but I will spare you and I get really irate.

        • Daltex82

          The major problem is inadequate schools in so many urban & some rural areas that serve as nothing more than warehouses for our young.


          • BoomerGal

            True in many ways.

      • BoomerGal

        Education in the right areas is the key. Areas that are in demand, e.g., physics, math, chemistry, engineering, foreign language, biology, etc. Oddly enough, we tend to shy away from these.

  • rikyrah

    pieces like these are why I like Smartypants. Always thinking about the long game.


    Thursday, May 3, 2012
    President Obama’s long game strategy with the neocons

    Most of the commentary I’ve seen on President Obama’s speech from Afghanistan focused primarily on how/when he plans to remove troops from that country. As I wrote about previously, the implications of what he said are much more profound than that.

    My fellow Americans, we have traveled through more than a decade under the dark cloud of war. Yet here, in the pre-dawn darkness of Afghanistan, we can see the light of a new day on the horizon. The Iraq War is over. The number of our troops in harm’s way has been cut in half, and more will be coming home soon. We have a clear path to fulfill our mission in Afghanistan, while delivering justice to al Qaeda…

    This time of war began in Afghanistan, and this is where it will end.
    The one person who seems to have understood the implications of what the President said is Bill Kristol.

    The most striking sentence of President Obama’s eloquent speech Tuesday night came very near the end: “This time of war began in Afghanistan, and this is where it will end.”

    Would that it were so. Would that it were so that the Sept. 11 attacks marked the beginning of a period whose end is soon approaching. The president thinks this, and the American people would like it to be so…

    But what if the reality is that, from Pakistan in the east to Tunisia in the west, and most visibly now in places such as Iran and Yemen and Somalia — and not just in Afghanistan — we are at war with political Islamism, a movement whose ability to find state sponsors and enablers is not limited to just one country or two?…

    There are, of course, problems with “global war on terror” as a phrase and an organizing principle. But it does capture what we might call the “big” view of 9/11 and its implications.
    So yes, Kristol understood that President Obama was talking about ending what he and the neocons in the Bush administration tried to set up as an endless war against “political Islamism,” otherwise known by them as the “global war on terror.” And they don’t like it one little bit.

    These are the same folks who who saw 9/11 as the opportunity to replace Russia and the Cold War with political Islamism and an endless war against terrorism. The one line in President Obama’s speech that they most likely reacted to the worst was this one:

    As we emerge from a decade of conflict abroad and economic crisis at home, it’s time to renew America — an America where our children live free from fear and have the skills to claim their dreams.
    Fear is all they’ve got…fear of the “other” here at home as well as abroad.

    If President Obama can take that from them by eliminating any threat posed by al Qaeda and finally end this endless war, they’ll having nothing to stand on.

    That’s the long game the President is playing. Mr. Kristol knows it. Over time, I suspect others will wake up to that fact.

    Posted by Smartypants at 8:13 AM

  • rikyrah

    Chart Of The Day

    A reason Obama wins the youth vote:

    Perhaps because Obama’s strength among young voters was first evident in Iowa, an extremely white state, discussions of race and age are generally held separately. Obama certainly did better among young whites than their parents and grandparents (54% among young whites v. 41% among all other whites), but much of Obama’s exceptional performance among young voters was due to the larger share of non-white voters. Indeed, even if Obama did as poorly among young whites as he did among whites over 30, Obama still would have won 58% of the youth vote. So long as non-white voters continue to offer overwhelming support for Democrats, the youth vote can be expected to offer overwhelming support for Democrats, as well

    • itgurl_29

    • rikyrah


    • GreenLadyHere

      Sepia –**-MEGA fist bump*** – — -MR> PRESIDENT SAYS this —All the tim.. :>)

      He said that he married – -UP!! – -:>)

      – – – —THEN – – -FIRST LADY —**blushes*** – – – -SHE KNOWS!! :>)

  • rikyrah

    Romney Meets With Conservative Media In Closed-Door Session

    Mitt and Ann Romney spoke with members of the conservative press for two hours in an off-the-record meeting Wednesday in Washington, D.C., reports the Huffington Post. Attendees told HuffPo that the meeting was an “olive branch” to conservative media and an effort to get them on their side and “working with the campaign.” As many as 60 writers attended in person or by phone.

    From HuffPo:

    The attendees came from numerous conservative sites and right-of-center publications, including National Review, Daily Caller, American Spectator, Washington Examiner, Right Wing News, Powerline, Townhall, Ace of Spades, Rhiel World View, White House Dossier, and Pajamas Media. RNC chairman Reince Preibus also attended.

    Romney told attendees that it will be tough getting the campaign’s message across through mainstream media in a general election, presumably because of the assumption shared by conservatives that political journalists are likely to put their thumb on the scale for Obama.

    During a Q&A period, attendees brought up Fast and Furious, the botched U.S. gunrunning sting that conservative outlets have given more attention than the national media, along with concerns that the Romney campaign will continue leaking to establishment outlets, including ABC News and Politico, rather than conservative ones.

    Some conservative journalists left satisfied with what they heard. At one point, Romney told attendees that the campaign intended to work closely with their outlets and will even help conservative outlets writing about Obama with opposition research, according to an attendee.

    • Miranda


    • Town

      Why was Ann Romney there?

      • Aquagranny911

        Maybe she has two more brain cells than Mitty? Just saying….

        • I see she’s trying to get her Nancy Reagan on.

          • Aquagranny911

            Do you think the Mittster has Alzheimers?

          • Town

            Somebody wondered if he has Aspberger’s Syndrome.

          • Aquagranny911

            That was me & all kidding aside I think that’s more likely. His behavior can’t be explained by his privileged Mormon upbringing alone.

            In unstructured situations he is so inept, really misses social cues & doesn’t care. Reminds me a lot of those I have worked with who were diagnosed as on the Asperger’s spectrum.

            My two pesos…and maybe he’s just a foolish, heartless asshole.

        • Daltex82

          Seriously, I don’t think he is really up to this task mentally. I can’t put my finger on it, but there is something about him that just doesn’t seem right.

      • Daltex82

        To pull the belt tight on his mom jeans whenever he starts to get off script.

    • Daltex82

      Did Zsa Zsa Huffington mention what their marching orders would be over the next 6 months, because I know her ass was there.

  • lamh35

    Watching Crooklyn, one of Spike Lee’s better films, IMHO!

    • rikyrah

      LOVE the soundtrack from this movie.

    • GOVCHRIS1988

      QUEENIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! QUEENIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • lamh35

        LOL! Yes.

        And how about “chile with these naps I know you ain’t tender-heaed”..LOL!

        I’ve said the same thing to my lil sister sooo many times.

    • crazycanuck

      Love that movie and soundtrack.

    • ch555x

      Crooklyn Dodgers!

  • rikyrah

    The reigning ‘I’m rubber, you’re glue’ champion
    By Steve Benen – Thu May 3, 2012 10:10 AM EDT.

    While others perfect their own “I’m rubber, you’re glue” tactics, I continue to believe Karl Rove is in a league of his own. Today, for example, the former Bush/Cheney aide used his Wall Street Journal column to condemn President Obama for politicizing national security. No, seriously.

    Looking back on the 2004 race, Rove said Team Bush offered “simple, positive statements and images” about national security, because he recognized the value of restraint.

    [I]n March 2004, the Bush-Cheney re-election campaign released its first ads. One of them, “Tested,” began with the announcer saying “the last few years have tested America in many ways. Some challenges we’ve seen before. And some were like no others.” During this last sentence, footage of the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon appeared. The ads, including this one, were so inoffensive that called them “downright bland.”

    The problem, Rove added, is that Obama and his team don’t realize that sometimes, “less is more.”

    First, this is all a bit rich from the Republican political strategist whose team orchestrated the “Mission Accomplished” fiasco nine years ago this week. As Rachel noted in a segment on Tuesday, “The previous president put on a flight suit, pretended to fly a jet onto the deck of an aircraft carrier that was parked off the coast of San Diego and standing under a banner that read “mission accomplished,” he declared that in the battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed.”

  • Aquagranny911

    These Chess guys are so brilliant! Chess is a game I could never get the hang of. I’ve always admired people who understood it & could play well.

  • rikyrah

    It’s even worse than it looks
    By Steve Benen – Thu May 3, 2012 11:31 AM EDT.

    We talked earlier in the week about an impressive op-ed from political scientists Tom Mann and Norm Ornstein — celebrated and respected figures of the Washington establishment — who argued, “Let’s just say it: The Republicans are the problem.”

    For Mann and Ornstein, blaming “both sides” for what ails Washington is no longer accurate, and only exacerbates the problems posed by the radicalization of today’s GOP. “When one party moves this far from the mainstream,” they argued, “it makes it nearly impossible for the political system to deal constructively with the country’s challenges.”

    The thesis comes from a new book from Mann and Ornstein, It’s Even Worse Than It Looks, and nearly as interesting as their op-ed was a review of their book from the Washington Post’s Robert Kaiser (via Kevin Drum).

    Today’s Republican Party has little in common even with Ronald Reagan’s GOP, or with earlier versions that believed in government. Instead it has become “an insurgent outlier — ideologically extreme; contemptuous of the inherited social and economic policy regime; scornful of compromise; unpersuaded by conventional understanding of facts, evidence and science; and dismissive of the legitimacy of its political opposition … all but declaring war on the government.” […]

    more here

  • rikyrah

    The limits of transactional politics
    By Steve Benen – Thu May 3, 2012 12:38 PM EDT.

    Mitt Romney stopped by a Manhattan fire station on Tuesday with Rudy Giuliani — by pure coincidence, it coincided with the anniversary of the mission that killed Osama bin Laden — and reflected on one of the conversations he had with a firefighter.

    Speaking at a Ritz Carlton fundraiser in a wealthy D.C. suburb, the presumptive GOP nominee said, “I spoke with a fireman yesterday, and he has a one-bedroom apartment, and his wife is pregnant, and he can’t afford a second bedroom. I asked the firefighters I was meeting with, about 15 or them, how many had had to take another job to make ends meet, and almost every one of them had.”

    Jon Chait picked up on the problem with Romney’s rhetoric.

    more here

  • lamh35

    Ummm ew! Damnit Bones. Dude scalping dead people before they are cremated and then selling the hair to beauty supplier for use as extensions.!!!!! Girls, ya’ll betta find out where that hair REALLY came from!

    • BoomerGal

      I’ve never understood why Black people can’t be satisfied with the hair God gave them. I guess I’m not into making other folks rich.

      • Ggreenleaf47

        Amen, Amen, and a Amen….

  • PBomb

    I don’t even… what in the hell?…. *sigh*

    Levi Johnston to Name Baby Daughter After a Gun

    Alaskan baby daddy Levi Johnston, former fiancé of Bristol Palin and father of their child, has another baby on the way and plans to name her after his favorite pistol.

    Johnston said he and girlfriend Sunny Oglesby would name their baby “Breeze Beretta,” after the Italian handgun.

    In an interview set to air tonight on Inside Edition, 21-year-old Johnston and Oglesby confirmed the baby would be named Beretta, “like the gun.”

    More here:–abc-news-politics.html

    • Meth is a helluva drug.

    • Daltex82

      He should have named her Va Sectomy

      • rikyrah


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      • PBomb


      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY Daltex82. ***BIG HUG*** :>)- – –

        BWAHAHA!- – -***wavin’ the WHITE FLAG*** LOL.

        —- – -Middle Name- — -“SNIP-IT!”- –:>)- –

        Good 2 C U- -Daltex82. :>)

      • JojoRaze

        Comment of the week. Word to the silly, don’t name your child a name that sounds like she is on a stripper pole.

    • GOVCHRIS1988

      My God. Why is it that redneck inbreeds have the most potent sperm on this planet? Breeze Beretta, should have named the baby Smith Wessonista.

  • rikyrah

    We’re Rubber, You’re Glue
    by BooMan
    Thu May 3rd, 2012 at 01:45:58 PM EST

    For a political attack to really work it was to be truer about your opponent than it is about yourself. That’s why the following makes me laugh:

    Republicans are seeking to portray President Obama as the divider-in-chief, arguing the presidential candidate who trumpeted hope and change four years ago is now running an increasingly negative campaign.
    Their chief argument is that Obama’s attacks on the wealthy are meant to incite class warfare and a heightened us-versus-them mentality never seen before in present day politics.

    But Republicans also point to Democrats’ “war on women” and the contraception mandate in Obama’s healthcare law, which they argue is an attack on religious freedom.

    Even the lead-up to the anniversary of the death of Osama bin Laden over the last week was used by a sharp-elbowed Obama to divide the nation, Republicans say.

    Mitt Romney, the presumptive GOP nominee, seized on the theme in recent days.

    Let’s think about this. Attacking access to contraception is a direct attack on women. Passing laws to make getting an abortion as humiliating as possible is a direct attack on women. Any suggestion that the president doesn’t deserve credit for getting Usama bin-Laden is so ludicrous that it’s only purpose is to divide the nation. Mitt Romney’s harsh anti-Latino positions divide America. Throwing a national security adviser under the bus because he’s openly gay divides America.

    The president, on the other hand, is merely asking rich people to put some more money in the treasury so we don’t have to go deeper in debt or put ALL of the hardship of budget cuts on the people who utilize government programs and assistance. And that’s pretty much everyone when you consider education and research and development and transportation spending. Rich people got a giant decade-long gift of low tax rates and now the Republicans want everyone but rich people to pay for the resulting debt. How does that not divide the nation?

  • rikyrah

    Just what is going on here between” Marco Rubio & healthcare lobbyist Amber Stoner?
    Posted on Thursday, September 30, 2010, 9:51 am by GottaLaff

    I received a fascinating e-mail last night. It’s from a political insider who asked to remain anonymous. This person had a few questions for candidate for U.S. Senate, Marco Rubio, and his aide (and lobbyist) Amber Stoner.

    I have previously posted about the investigations of Marco Rubio. All our Rubio posts can be found here.

    Now, per another source who lives in Florida, there are ethics rules that cover lobbyists who work for candidates. She says they shouldn’t. But that wasn’t what this e-mail was about:

    Who IS this Amber Stoner? Why would Rubio have a healthcare lobbyist’s travel on his credit charges? And why do the two of them seem to show up in the same place (some resort towns) the same day or within a day or two of each other? Can Rubio explain why she travels for him? with him? There are 17 trips by this Amber Stoner on Rubio’s credit charges within this database which is not complete, and to get ALL his credit card records would require a court order but I’ll bet if someone got that court order they would find more entries of Ms. Stoner’s travels. Just what is going on here between Rubio and Stoner? Is this appropriate for the “Family Values” Tea Party candidate?

    Of course I can’t answer those questions. All I can do is provide you with a few random screen grabs of samples from the very public, accessible database of Rubio’s credit card records:

    It seems that my sources aren’t the only ones who are curious. Someone else is asking about Ms. Stoner’s association with Rubio. On Twitter, the profile called MIAPolitics tweeted:

    RT @MIAPolitics: So what was Amber Stoner contributing to be named the “100 Ideas … How will RPOF expalin Amber stoner on Marco Rubio ‘s Rpof Credit card

    There were more retweets wondering the same thing. Apparently voters, and insiders, are asking for answers, but will they get them?

  • rikyrah

    →The mystery of Marco Rubio & healthcare lobbyist Amber Stoner, Part 2
    Posted on Thursday, September 30, 2010, 10:49 am by GottaLaff

    No sooner do I finish a post about a questionable relationship between candidate for U.S. Senate Marco Rubio and his aide, health care lobbyist Amber Stoner, than another e-mail comes my way.

    Via one of my two sources:

    Ah the love plot thickens:

    Rubio helped her buy a new house, on Terrace St in Tallahassee apparently which I found from her OWN Tweet picture pages here (read the comment below the picture)

    I used Google Street View to identify the house’s address, went to the Leon County Property Appraiser’s database to look up the owner of the house and guess what….they have NO record for that street adress!

    POOF! Vanishing property records. Hmmmm. wonder why?

    Go to Google maps, enter 424 Terrace St. Use street view t see the property. It shows a property line between two properties. If you compare the home on the left to the picture she posted of her soon-to-be new house in the link above, you see they are the same house.

    Here’s a screen grab of Google Maps street view:

    Now, go to the Leon County Property Appraiser’s web site and enter tha address using their Search (for propery records). What did you get? Nothing, right?

    What does it take to make a property record disappear?

    Oh and we know she lives there because of recent tweet from her talking about hearing the Leon High School band from her home. It’s around the corner.

    Also, if you search Leon County Property records using her name or her name & Terrace St, NOTHING comes up.But she claims ownership of home.

    There may be more coming. Stay tuned.

  • rikyrah

    Posted at 01:13 PM ET, 05/03/2012
    Would Mitt Romney revoke Obama’s executive order banning torture?
    By Greg Sargent

    Torture is back in the news again. The battle between the campaigns over the one-year anniversary of Bin Laden’s death has revived the debate over whether torture led to his killing, and Senate Dems are prepared to release an investigation asserting that it didn’t.

    So the Romney campaign should be asked: As president, would he revoke the executive order that Obama signed on his first day in office, restricting interrogation techniques to those in the Army Field Manual?

    Here’s why this is an important question.

    more here

  • rikyrah

    The Shep Has Sailed
    By Charles P. Pierce at 9:17AM

    I long have held the suspicion that, one day, Shep Smith of the Fox News Channel is just going to show up at work with an ax and lay waste to the set.


    Yesterday, he seemed a bit stranged out by the fulsome bushwah with which the Romney campaign greeted the long-anticipated departure of N. Leroy Gingrich:

    Newt Gingrich has brought creativity and intellectual vitality to American political life. During the course of this campaign, Newt demonstrated both eloquence and fearlessness in advancing conservative ideas. Although he long ago created an enduring place for himself in American history, I am confident that he will continue to make important contributions to our party and to the life of the nation. Ann and I are proud to call Newt and Callista friends and we look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead as we fight to restore America’s promise.

    Am I too cynical because I think, a month or so down the line, the names of Romney and Gingrich are once again going to be linked, this time in a story with the phrase “retired campaign debt” in its headline?

    Anyway, Shep greeted all this palaver with his opinion that politics are “weird and creepy.” Hard to argue with that, and for being so forthright about it, and for demonstrating while he did so every facial expression possible for a man who seemed to be eating a raw toad, and because his devotion to his alma mater is well-known, we send Ole Shep a resounding cheer.

    Read more:

  • Farrod

    Ok, so dig…Rikyrah posted an article that stated that if the Big ‘O is reelected, that we could lose both the House and Senate.

    Can sumbody break that down for me please?

    Oh, and by the way,

    I…I think I…I……I luuh ya’ll…

    • rikyrah

      oh, that was Ezra Klein. he’s a worry wart. I personally believe that POTUS will drag Dems over the finish line. I don’t see folks splitting their ballots.

    • Miranda

      The media is deeply invested in creating whatever narratives get people watching and listening – by August the narrative will be some combination of an overthrow at the Dem convention whereby Obama is ousted and Dennis Kucinich is the Dem nominee for President and black people planning some secret genocide of white folks on Nov 7th.

      • Wait…so the secret genocide thing isn’t true? *sucks teeth*

  • edp4bho

    Whoever compiles the nominees for comment of the week, I have to offer one in particular. I love what aleth wrote, what pbomb wrote- 2 different subjects. And Sepia and Miranda broke me up with their raps- you two lost me in that, I’m old school-but my absolute favorite was short, from dannie:

    Shorter Sam Stein: Whycome I cant get my mack on like the President?

    Nothing like brevity….LOL!

    • dannie22

      Thanks edp!!

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- — Reflecting on the — BOARD GAMES- – –annnnd- –ESPECIALLY

    how WE can B “EXCLUDED” from THEM- — – — I went lookin’ 4 BOARD GAMES – – that- – WE HAVE MASTERED!!- —

    Annnnd – — LO annnd BEHOLD- – –WE GOT OUR OWN [AS IN- — -“GOD BLESS the CHILD that got—– HIS OWN”- —LOL

    — — Black History Month: Learn to play ancient African board game Oware– —–

    – — Board game aficionados: here’s your chance to take a leap back in time and try your hand at one of the oldest board games in the world.

    Oware, an ancient board game that originated in Africa and belongs to the “pit and pebbles” category of games, is coming to Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre as part of Kuumba, the longest-running Black History Month festival in the city.

    – – “It’s a strategic game and it’s nice to see how people used to play and it’s a lot of fun,” said Harbourfront programmer Barbara de la Fuente. “We’re working on the theme of perspective this year and we’re tapping into our African roots so the game was a good connection.”

    – –More than 300 versions of the game are played around the world — throughout Africa, the Caribbean, South America and India — with various names, languages and rules attached to each version.

    Oware is usually a game for two. Though rules and types boards vary widely, the basic premise of the math-based game is to collect more seeds (pebbles, marbles and beads can also be used) than your opponent.T

    Soooo- – – -I CORDIALLY invite ALL who believe that THEY R the ONLY one’s CAPABLE of MASTERING a BOARD GAME- — – -2 OUR EXCLUSION- – – –

    2 pull up a STOOL annnd – — try your HAND annnd MIND at the STRATEGIC BOARD GAME – – —OWARE!!

    HECK- – — -we might even start an- –OWARE TOURNAMENT– –

    Jus’ sayin’. . . . . . :>)

    P.S.- — –WE R— —FIRST– – –in THIS. :>)

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